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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 4:09am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 7:43am

Hong Kong protesters attack Leung Chun-ying with impunity

Politics is theatre. So everyone puts on a show. Our chief executive and other top officials would go around kissing babies if they could without being met by too many irate protesters.

But if you go to a few of these protests, you will find the same faces. Inevitably, it's the same people from Scholarism, university student unions, the League of Social Democrats and People Power. So protest is theatre too. You can hardly blame Leung Chun-ying for visiting a Lunar New Year fair in Tsuen Wan on Monday without announcing it beforehand. But pan-democrats like lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung complained C.Y. should have let the media know ahead of time. "If he had governed well, there would be no protest," he said. Perhaps.

Leung Kwok-hung's real complaint is that he and his fellow demonstrators weren't alerted so they could stage another protest.

He was especially upset about a statement from C.Y.'s office, saying the unannounced visit was to avoid attracting people who cause unnecessary confrontations just to attract public attention. That seems a pretty fair statement on many professional pan-democratic protesters, who have fought with police, blocked public forums and interfered with the right of other members of the public to exchange views, critical or sympathetic, with Leung and other officials.

Fair or not, the pan-dems are out to discredit and destroy C.Y.'s government - to make sure whatever happens with universal suffrage in 2017, Leung will not have a second shot at leading Hong Kong. And dogging him with protests is one of many ways to make him look more unpopular than he already is. That's just hard-ball ruthless politics, disguised as a moral crusade. This includes selling toilet paper with his face printed on it.

But all that comes at a cost to our society. I believe C.Y.'s expansion of housing and land supply, his anti-poverty programmes and measures against property speculation have made him more effective as chief executive than any previous ones we have had.

But he gets no credit for doing what is necessary, only blame for real or imaginary sins. He has turned on its head the old Scottish motto: anyone can attack me with impunity.

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johnyuan
Leung Kwok-hung is a household name and his face too for Hong Kong people. That is, since the colonial days when he courageously demonstrated as an outsider against the government in street theaters. Now, as a legislator for years, he is still single-mindly against government after the handover with street theaters. The upsetting thing to the public is that he is now part of the insider in fact for years of the political system in Hong Kong as a legislator. Why he is still holding against government on almost every issue? Why he can’t see the dysfuctionality of the legislature and act more courageously outside the legislature chamber to protest against the fakery of the legislature body. Or even better protest in the chamber against his colleagues too in that context. Your guts and idealisms of the past may get reignited if you do.
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Take my advice Leung Kwok-hung and you will find yourself useful again for the people in Hong Kong. Able to see black and white is helpful to CY Leung and good for the society.
HK-Lover
The interesting thing is, when you talk with the silent majority they will say with little exceptions that the democrats in HK only demonstrate for the sake of demonstrating and that their attitude "you are with me or you are my enemy" has nothing to do with the true spirit of democracy .
Further does the silent majority say that people should let CY Leung concentrate on his job because after all he is trying hard to help the people of HK to have a better living and that the democrats hardly have any record on having done anything to help the people to have a better living in HK.
Camel
"If he had governed well, there would be no protest," he said.
Wrong. He should have said: " If he had obeyed us, there would be no protest,".
tksiow
stop all the ranting,you good for nothing long haired whoremongering idiot..The whole day long you are only thinking of fornicating white prostitutes;there is nothing left in your mind to offer suggestions to Hongkongers.
Dai Muff
There is still a broader politically active group here than in most countries. As a percentage of the population, these protests are larger than you get in most places so it's hardly the small circle you pretend. And, if you have failed to notice, no matter how much YOU and the united front puppet posters love him, he is not too popular among the majority of general public. As long as he thinks the words "rent control" are a curse let's forget the pretense about controlling property speculation. We are still the worlds hardest place to put a roof over your head. So this all comes down to "Boohoo, some people don't agree with me about our esteemed leader." He has no mandate. We all know why. Even you.
mh0908
Bull's-eye!
rvto
Except the same faces the journalists are there too. On the news are nearly always the same faces by a item about a protest, small or big.
pslhk
“democracy” in HK is truthfully depicted as democrazy
which foreign agents with ulterior motive promote
LeeChanWongEuDaiMo and the like brainwashed follow
to derail true democracy from practical and sensible development
Dai Muff
You got dem ole paranoid Blues son.
johnyuan
Hong Kong’s politics is complex. It is complex besides due to exceptional multitude of interest groups, each with an agenda that varies from the most immediate concern to the most future. While the former are conspicuous the latter includes both the conspicuous and the inconspicuous. We can find the conspicuous one inconvenient often to our life as ordinary citizens and more the normal way in conducting official duty. Nevertheless, it is still controllable by employing more patience in countering the often unruly behaviors.
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The real complex part is the inconspicuous interest groups. I believe they are both local and foreign. Here it is most vexing. Some may hide behind the street theatres we see directing. We are in the midst without certainty what lies in our future. We only are able to confront these inconspicuous groups through the conspicuous one which only physically playacting in the streets.

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