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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Financial Secretary John Tsang hit by egg at political forum in North Point

Two arrested after egg is thrown at financial secretary, hitting his head

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 December, 2013, 6:26am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 December, 2013, 6:26am

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah was hit on the head by an egg thrown by a protester attending a government forum yesterday.

"Luckily I'm not wearing a good suit today," Tsang fired back at the audience at the forum in North Point. In fact, he was dressed in a tracksuit. He added that he appeared to have foreseen the incident.

Later, when he was asked by journalists whether he believed the real target had been someone else, a stern Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who was sitting next to Tsang, interrupted to advise him not to comment.

The incident came a couple of hours after Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said it was a fact that the narrow voter base that put Leung in the chief executive's chair had helped create problems in governance.

"In terms of governance, the current administration ... has met many challenges and difficulties," said Lam. "Making policies under such circumstances, according to my experience, requires the government to have strong legitimacy.

"The strongest legitimacy, of course, would come from electing the chief executive using 'one man, one vote'."

In an interview with Cable TV aired yesterday, Lam said she believed Beijing knows there would be a governance problem if the chief elected was not elected by universal suffrage in 2017.

But when asked about the public's right to nominate candidates, Lam warned against insistence on proposals that ran against the legal framework.

Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung, the justice secretary, stressed that having candidates nominated by a committee was not the equivalent of adding an "illegal structure" onto the Basic Law.

At the North Point forum, held to gather views on the upcoming policy address and budget, Leung pledged to arrange for pan-democratic lawmakers to visit the mainland at an appropriate time and in an appropriate manner. Some of them have been refused entry permits.

He said he asked Tsang not to comment after he was hit by an egg, as police were dealing with the incident.

"We condemn the act ... and will pursue their legal liability," Leung said of the egg throwing.

The police arrested two men, aged 24 and 25, on suspicion of common assault and disorderly conduct.

One was believed to have thrown eggs and another a doll. Neither is thought to have thrown the egg that hit Tsang.

"Our one demand is that there should be public nomination in the chief executive election," one protester, surnamed Chan, told the media before being arrested.

It is understood that both Chan and the other man held are members of the League of Social Democrats. They were last night being held at North Point police station.


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I think in any civil society throwing objects at public officials must never be tolerated. Isn't this a mild form of terrorism?...if so what is the next level?
John Adams
I rank getting HK's budgets wrong by about $100 billion every year almost without exception ( and making such stupid budgets in the first place) as a much greater threat to our society than one egg !
Did John Tsang ever graduate beyond form 3 math?
As the local tycoon make comment via mainland news media that on the governance in Hong Kong should be based on "rule of law" but not "rule by one-man", people are getting more and more angry and disenchanted with the government administration ......from the housing policy, environmental protection, school places competition with mainlander, television licensing...our government should listen to the voice of people before making policy, instead of merely doing the show of consulting the general public but make the policy in predetermined manner.
all these problems are occurring due to very bad governance. leung chun ying should be fired from his post.
Great, don't forget the tomatoes next time. Maybe these politicians will actually start listening to the people
Dai Muff
So the police arrested two men who did not throw the egg. Great policing.
Hard boiled? No bananas available?
it seems the League of Social Idiots have had considerable target practice, given the bad aim of Long Hair
hard times !
I clearly remember that once our former prime premier,Mr.Wen Jiao-bo was thrown a shoe while he was speaking at a British university during his visit to Britain.His response was civil and calm enough, something like our financial secretary,Joah Tsang who was humorous and witty enough to utter,' My doctor advised me not to eat too many eggs and I am lucky not to put on a nice suit today and I have predicted that such an incident before.' No doubt, John Tsang had such a prediction since on his right, there was the minister of development,Chan Mo-por and on his left was C.Y.Leung who appeared to be the real target of the eggs thrown.C.Y.should seriously reflect why he is so much disgusted !
Stupid guys. Long air and mad dog miss everytime. Now you morons really hit the target !
While these barbaric acts should normally be condemned it is indeed strange that most comments made here are anti-government. Surely says a lot about governance and Beijing must sit up and take notice. HK people are peaceful by nature but events in the past year have irritated a lot of people and the government is fanning the flames by its incompetent handling of various issues. That started from the National Education fiasco last year.
sudo rm -f cy
Good thing for John Tsang that baseball isn't big in Hong Kong.
A reflection of discontent but also that people confine themselves to throwing eggs instead of bombs. A good sign.


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