Cardinal Zen strongly backs democracy initiative for Hong Kong
June 09, 2014
Cardinal Joseph Zen has announced his plan to spend seven days walking through Hong Kong to rally support for a referendum calling for full democracy in the province.
In the run-up before the vote, which is scheduled for June 20 to 22, Cardinal Zen expects to spend 12 hours each day urging support for the non-binding referendum. The measure calls for the democratic election of Hong Kong’s members of parliament, eliminating the heavy role that Beijing plays in appointing political leaders.
Cardinal John Tong, who succeeded Cardinal Zen as leader of the Hong Kong diocese, has also indicated his support for the referendum. The measure has drawn strong opposition from Beijing loyalists, who have recommended that the Chinese government use force if necessary to remove “anti-China forces” from Hong Kong.