Posted October. 16, 2014 06:21,
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders have set their policy on pro-democracy protests in Hong, saying that Beijing "will not give in a third time," international news agency Reuters reported Wednesday. During a meeting of the National Security Commission chaired by the Chinese president in early October, the Chinese leadership made the decision that it would not make any more concessions to Hong Kong protestors.
The decision sends a message that Beijing will not follow in the same path as it did in 2003 and 2012. In 2003, the Hong Kong government gave up passing the sedition bill calling for crackdowns on Hong Kong people`s anti-China activities, after about 500,000 people took to the streets of the city to protest the bill. In 2012, the Hong Kong government backed down its plan to adopt "patriotic education" praising the Communist Party of China as a mandatory subject after high school students protested the move.
The Chinese leadership is concerned that as the Hong Kong protesters` demand of a democratic vote is a matter of national sovereignty, another concession could spark a domino effect in Tibet and Xinjiang, according to sources.
On early Wednesday, the 18th day of protest, Hong Kong police arrested 45 demonstrators after removing the protesters` barricades. During the arrest process, police officers used pepper sprays against resisting protesters and beat opposition party members.