Jackie Chan suggests Hong Kong curb protest rights

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm •  Published: December 13, 2012
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The city has been the scene lately of a rising number of protests by people upset with Beijing-backed leader Leung Chun-ying, a lack of full democracy and China's growing influence on the city.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in July to protest after Leung took office.

In 2009, Chan sparked outrage among lawmakers in Hong Kong when said he said, "I'm not sure if it's good to have freedom or not." He also said he was "beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled."

When asked by reporters later Thursday about the comments, Chan said, "I respect everyone's opinion and others should respect mine."

He added that he did not want to comment about the interview anymore.

But he added, "I will comment on politics in the future if I feel like it, because that's just the way I am."

The 58-year-old actor was speaking at the Hong Kong premiere of "Chinese Zodiac," also known as "CZ12," which he has said would be his final action film.

Southern People Weekly is part of a media group controlled by southern Guangdong province's Communist Party and known for its lively reporting.

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Online:

Southern Weekly article (in Chinese): www.nfpeople.com/News-detail-item-4019.html

Follow Kelvin Chan at Twitter.com/chanman


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