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Occupy Central Updates: CY Leung Accused of Pocketing Money From Australian Firm, University Lecturer Attacked by 'Patriotic' Mainland Chinese Student, and other news



According to The Age, an Australian newspaper, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying received a HK$49.9 million payout from an Australian firm. Leung did not disclose the sum when he assumed office in 2012, claims the newspaper.



On Monday, a 26-year-old mainland Chinese attacked a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong. The assailant, who was identified by the police as Lau and claims to be a student at Tsinghua University in Beijing, stood up during class and began to "yell in Mandarin that Hong Kong is part of China and classes should be taught in Mandarin, not in English."

The victim, Cliff Buddle, who is a senior editor at the South China Morning Post and a university lecturer, was kicked in the chest and hit with a hard-cover folder. He received treatment in hospital.

"Hong Kong has been returned to China," said Lau. "Now it's already 2014. Seven to eight years should be enough for a change to learn [Putonghua], but Hong Kong just can't change." Lau was arrested by the police. It is not clear what Lau was doing at a Hong Kong university, since he studies in faraway Beijing.

Violence and intolerance towards pluralism - is this what alleged "Chinese patriotism" has to offer?

What to do with Occupy Central? The Communist leadership in Beijing is divided. The struggle among more and less liberal factions within the party is reminiscent of what happened during the 1989 student protests.


At around 3 pm a woman wearing blue ribbons (an anti-Occupy symbol) makes her appearance at the Mong Kok site of the protests, screaming that the United States is behind Occupy Central, "just as the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre were". Hmmm ...

Hong Kong student leaders and government representatives are negotiating the preconditions for talks. So far, the condescending and vague attitude of the authorities seems to be compromising the chances for success.


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