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Leung Chun-ying

Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY Leung, is the chief executive of Hong Kong. He was born in 1954 and assumed office on July 1, 2012. During the controversial 2012 chief executive election, underdog Leung unexpectedly beat Henry Tang, the early favourite to win, after Tang was discredited in a scandal over an illegal structure at his home.

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Bizarre rush to secure a spot at Leung Chun-ying's third community meeting

Mainly elderly cardholders had to camp out overnight to secure their spot for today

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 September, 2013, 2:50am
 

All 300 places at the chief executive's third meet-the-public session today were snapped up in a surreal exercise outside a community centre yesterday.

The lucky winners of cards were forced to spend last night camped outside Leighton Hill Community Hall in Causeway Bay or lose them if they left the site for more than 30 minutes.

They can exchange the cards for tickets to Leung Chun-ying's "town hall' meeting this afternoon at the Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School in Wan Chai.

Asked why the mainly elderly card-holders had to camp out overnight or miss out on today's meeting, a government worker said it was "government policy".

Lui Yuk-lin, of the League of Social Democrats, arrived at the hall at 9.20pm on Friday and was the first one to line up for a card.

She said when officials announced at 7.45am that they would start distributing tickets, about six coaches pulled up nearby. People poured off the buses and grabbed the tickets.

"I never knew the mobilisation power of the pro-establishment camp was that mighty," Lui said.

But some of those who endured the ordeal to secure a spot did not seem to know what concerns they would raise with Leung, or even if they would actually attend the meeting.

Many were chatting in Putonghua or Hokkien dialect.

Whenever the Sunday Morning Post tried to approach them, marshals blocked access and took pictures of the reporter.

The Post was able to talk briefly to two women chatting in Putonghua, who switched to Cantonese to say that they were Hongkongers. They said they had a card but would not say if they would listen to Leung.

The chief executive will be accompanied today by housing secretary Anthony Cheung Bing-leung and labour chief Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.

His previous community meetings have been marred by clashes.

The first one in Tin Shui Wai ended up in scuffles. A police source said triad members were called in to support pro-government activists. Four suspected triad members were arrested.

Pan-democrats are planning another so-called Standing Man protest today, in which they will wear white and stand silently outside Leung's meeting. The protest follows the lead of an anti-government protest in Istanbul three months ago.

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JHHZ
"Whenever the Sunday Morning Post tried to approach them, marshals blocked access and took pictures of the reporter."
Is this not reminiscent of how foreign journalists are treated in China? Foreign journalists would be followed, pictures would be taken of them for future identification and when the material/interview filmed is sensitive, the 'shadows' would step in to terminate the filming. HK is starting to employ China's tactics in dealing with journalists. And this meet the public session sounds like a total sham.
This path that HK is walking down is starting to look very bleak and if HK people aren't going to push back or say anything, soon it's gonna be a path of no return.
blue
These so called "marshals" have no police powers. If the pro-establishment starts using these kinds of tactics, then it's time for SCMP to hire their own bouncers for their journalists when conducting investigative reporting like this.
samsung
agree
impala
In short, one big piece of theatrical performance. I can't wait until the curtain rises, and it will be revealed that the wizard has no clothes.
hard times !
how miserable these elderly are that they had to camp out outside the Leighton Hill Community Hall overnight to grab a ticket for the meet-the-public session of C.Y.Most of them were forbidden to talk with reporters as there were marshals guarding them and taking photos of any reporters trying to chat with these hired elderly to queue up for tickets of the session so as to occupy most of the 300 seats in the session------guarantee there would be a peaceful session and no oppositionists 'voices would be heard ! How absurd and irrational it sounds ! Shame on these pro-establishment camps who organised these elederly ! Shame on them !
ejmciii
Comrade Number One is meeting the people. It is good. Do not trust others. Comrade one will meet those who he wishes to meet. How can you think he will meet normal people? Absurd. Praise be to Mao
blue
There's no denying that these elderly were bussed in by pro establishment parties, but I don't understand why they were forced to camp out overnight. This seems crazy to me. You'd think there'd be a bit more respect for the elderly.
KwunTongBypass
Lo cust s invading Hong Kong politics???
StrongT
Triads and now bus loads of sheep, this will make the people of HK boil.
sipsip1238
Didn't CY's original campaign into Government included him being the poor and needy's rep? How come now everyone has to grovel and suffer just to see him? Oh right!? It's because even he sees himself as a king now.

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