BEIJING, Oct. 14 -- Democracy must be based on the rule of law and it should never be hijacked as an excuse for "unchecked behavior," says a commentary to be carried by Wednesday's People's Daily.
Rebuking "Occupy Central" organizers' attempts to rouse conflict and smear the image of the local government, the commentary in the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China urges "anyone who cares for and loves Hong Kong to say no to such acts that aim to confuse public opinions with personal wishes."
The article says that protesters have been attacking the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government and attempting to force the HKSAR chief executive trusted by the central government to resign, but "they are doomed to fail."
Protestors are attempting to force the central authorities to change the decision made by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, on Hong Kong's electoral system. The decision made on Aug. 31 granted universal suffrage in the selection of the HKSAR chief executive on the basis of nomination by a "broadly representative" committee.
Defending local police's lawful efforts against "some people who disrupted social order, disabled traffic and harmed people's livelihoods during the protests," the article stresses that the rule of law is "the greatest public benefit."
"Facts and history tell us that radical and illegal acts that got their way only result in more severe illegal activities, exacerbating disorder and turmoil," it says, stressing that different opinions for Hong Kong's democratic development may exist but should be expressed "via various legal channels."
According to the article, only by resolutely supporting the HKSAR government can Hong Kong retain its sound commercial environment and its status as an international financial, trade and shipping center, which is in the common interests of Hong Kong people from all classes and fields as well as foreign investors.
"Stability is bliss, and turmoil brings havoc," it adds.