Former senior government official Anthony Cheung Bing-leung and Hong Kong University professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting have both called for chief executive Carrie Lam to give a positive response to Hong Kong on one or two of the five major demands made by protesters opposed to the extradition bill.
Concessions would help curb the escalation of violence if there are further clashes with police, they said in separate radio programs.
The former transport chief Anthony Cheung warned on Monday in a telephone interview with RTHK morning talk show “Talkabout” that if the Hong Kong government continued to sit on the extradition bill issue, violence would continue to escalate and this could end in direct intervention by Beijing, the public broadcaster reported.
Cheung, who was among people who took part in a closed-door meeting on Saturday with Lam, who was gathering views on how to set up a dialogue platform amid the political impasse.
He said the government had to “do something” to earn people’s trust and that officially withdrawing changes to the extradition bill and calling for an independent inquiry into the three-month protests would be suitable.
Meanwhile, pro-democracy activist and Occupy movement co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting also spoke in a radio program by Commercial Radio 881 on Monday and called for the city government to allow a popular vote for both the Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.
It should also bring in an amnesty for protesters arrested over the past three months, as well as for police officers accused of excessive use of force. That, he said, would allow a way out of the city’s crisis.