Starry Lee urges government to reach out to protesters

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Starry Lee Wai-king, the leader of the biggest pro-Beijing party, has called on the government to try and reach out to the young protesters with or without the help of middlemen to end the ongoing agitation over the extradition bill row, RTHK reports.

In a departure from the norm, the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong chairwoman also delivered her speech in English to the Legislative Council, saying the protests have attracted international attention.

"Young protester are educated population and believed to be able exercise their wisdom in finding appropriate solutions, apart from demonstrations, when they calm down and cool," she said.

"After all, destruction takes rages while construction takes ages," Lee said.

She said the differences between what the protesters want – withdrawal – and what the government has said – suspension – is very minimal.

Lee said it is time to bridge this gap and time for the society to move on.

The lawmaker warned that if the differences are not overcome quickly and calmness returned, "a calamity is inevitable and immediately foreseeable" and called on all sides of Legco to work prevent this.