In recent days the fig leaf has largely come off. Originally the Government argued that the NPC SC decision opened the door to universal suffrage and the democrats will suffer the harsh judgment of history for not seizing that opportunity. Now, after the protesters courageously exposed their ruse to the global audience, they have stopped pretending they are fulfilling the commitment to universal suffrage. Now the story is, as the CY Leung as stated, that Hong Kong cannot allow genuine democracy or we will be subject to the whim of the people who will demand a welfare state. Even Carrie Lam in her response to the students effectively acknowledged that the model now on the table is not universal suffrage, arguing this may be achieved in a subsequent election. After all this misrepresentation and bullying how can anyone trust the commitment to universal suffrage in the Basic Law.
See what CY Leung says about democracy: https://victoriatbhui.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/hk-chief-executive-says-democracy-would-favor-the-poor-and-disadvantage-the-rich/
Albert Chen on the real problem: that China has not become more democratic over time as originally envisioned while HK wants to become democratic.