World Bulletin / News Desk
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Tuesday he had requested an urgent meeting with the Chinese ambassador to express his "dismay and alarm" over the handling of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
"The Chinese authorities in Beijing seem determined to refuse to give to the people of Hong Kong what they are perfectly entitled to expect, which is free, fair, open elections based on universal suffrage," Clegg said.
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have taken to the streets in response to a ruling by Beijing a month ago that it would vet candidates wishing to run for Hong Kong's leadership in 2017.
"It is not in China's interests to have increasingly large numbers of disenchanted people, citizens, in Hong Kong, who feel that they have been robbed of their right to exercise their democratic right," Clegg told Sky TV.
"I don't know anyone, anywhere who thinks that universal suffrage means an election where candidates can only stand if they have been vetted by somebody else."Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2014, 12:37