Hong Kong needs to complete the “historic mission of decolonisation” before it’s fit to have universal suffrage, says a commentary in the overseas edition of People’s Daily, the Chinese communist party’s official newspaper, on Tuesday. The article also calls for the legislation of anti-subversion law under Article 23.
The article is one of a series of commentaries attacking Hong Kong’s pan-democratic camp after 27 pan-democratic lawmakers and one independent lawmaker vetoed a constitutional reform plan proposed by the government nearly two weeks ago. In it, the newspaper criticises opposition groups who are advocating restarting the “five-step process of political reform” or rewriting the Basic Law. Their “radical and absurd” requests will never be met, the newspaper says.
The lack of national security law has led to a missing sense of national identity among Hong Kong young people, the article says. It also calls people advocating for Hong Kong independence “a group of reckless demons dancing like mad.”