The purple cleric, archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has called on “all who believe in democracy” to support the protests in Hong Kong his foundation said on Wednesday.
“I salute the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who have participated in mass demonstrations in the territory in recent days to assert peacefully their right to have a say in the election of their leaders,” Tutu said in a statement.
“Their struggle is one that all who believe in the principles of democracy and justice should support.”
Thousands of demonstrators were blocking major roads in various districts of Hong Kong, continuing yet another colour protest that began Sunday.
Protesters are demanding reforms ahead of the 2017 elections, including the public nomination of candidates for next chief executive.
Tutu suggested that demonstrations were peaceful. He slammed the “attack on protesters” by law enforcement agencies.
“The firing of teargas at demonstrators, as happened on Sunday, was a bitter blow to what many still hope will be a peaceful, inclusive and dignified transformation process. I pray that the voices of the people of Hong Kong will never be stifled,” he said.
China said it would not intervene in the protests. The chaos could harm Hong Kong as a money destination to favour Singapore.