Hong Kong - Hong Kong's leader said on Wednesday the city was prepared for a fresh flare-up of pro-democracy street protests, while issuing a call to arms against opposition democratic lawmakers who have disrupted government policy-making in the legislature.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's comments to a high-profile investment conference just days before the internationally renowned Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament, comes as a holdout group of protesters steadily build up their presence outside the city's government headquarters.
“Will 'Occupy' resurrect itself?” Leung asked investors and bankers at the Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference. “The Hong Kong government as always maintains its preparedness but I can say that the public, if 'Occupy' happens again, will not be sympathetic.”
Leung also urged voters to expel democratic lawmakers in city-wide legislative elections next year, highlighting the bitter political divisions that have emerged in the Asian financial hub after last year's pro-democracy protests, when activists seized and blockaded major roads for 79 days.
Some activists have pledged to relaunch a second wave of civil disobedience protests this summer when the administration presents a proposal for how the next chief executive will be elected that is widely expected to mirror an earlier one by Beijing.