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Former translator for Deng Xiaoping says Hong Kong protesters are in violation of the law

For nearly a week now, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have occupied Hong Kong's central business district. They have vowed to take over government buildings if the territory's Beijing-appointed chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, does not resign by tomorrow. Victor Gao was once Deng Xiaoping's translator. He's now a prominent Chinese businessman and the Director of the China National Association...
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For nearly a week now, tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have occupied Hong Kong's central business district. They have vowed to take over government buildings if the territory's Beijing-appointed chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, does not resign by tomorrow. Victor Gao was once Deng Xiaoping's translator. He's now a prominent Chinese businessman and the Director of the China National Association of International Studies. 
"I think you're worrying your head off for unnecessary reasons," Mr. Gao tells Carol, in response to her question about whether a military crackdown by Beijing -- like the one overseen by Deng Xiaoping in Tiananmen Square in 1989 -- is possible.

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"If people do worry about that prospect, then they need to abide by the law in Hong Kong. They should not create a situation to provoke so eventually greater disasters may happen...Those who violate the law will be punished."

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