2014-10-22 12:31:03 UTC
As talks between Hong Kong protesters and the Chinese government began
on Tuesday, the region?s current chief executive C.Y. Leung spoke out
against free elections on the grounds that it would empower the poor.
In his first interview with foreign media since the pro-democracy
movement began, Leung said that if the public were allowed to nominate
any candidate of their choosing, elections would be dominated by the
large sector of Hong Kong residents currently living in poverty.
"You have to take care of all the sectors in Hong Kong as much as you
can, and if it?s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation,
then obviously you would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong
who earn less than $1,800 a month," Leung said. "Then you would end up
with that kind of politics and policies."