Donald Tsang vows to uphold 'social order'
Anyone who disrupts public order will be dealt with according to the law, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen told a policy-address consultation forum yesterday, amid stepped-up security.
This came after a similar meeting last Thursday ended in a violent clash between protesters and government supporters.
'Security officers were hurt at another disrupted forum last week,' said Tsang at yesterday's forum in Leighton Hill Community Hall in Causeway Bay. 'We will handle those who disrupt social order according to the law.'
He was referring to last week's consultation forum on the government's plan to scrap Legislative Council by-elections, which descended into chaos as a hundred protesters gatecrashed the venue and became involved in scuffles with security guards and forum participants.
Increased security was much in evidence at yesterday's event, which was also attended by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. About 100 uniformed and plainclothes police officers, security guards and officials from the Home Affairs Department were deployed at the venue, where a group of about 20 protesters from the League of Social Democrats staged a demonstration.
League lawmaker 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung attempted to throw a bag of rubbish and a bag of dog biscuits at Donald Tsang, but was caught by a plainclothes officer.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong General Union of Security and Property Management Industry Employees asked why police officers did not help security guards in maintaining order at the Science Museum forum.
Lawmaker James To Kun-sun said he also found it strange that the police did not take action when it was clear that there was a 'breach of the peace'.
A police spokesman said security arrangements were discussed with organisers of individual events. He said the police would take appropriate action against any breaches of the law or public order during public events.