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Hong Kong police keep tight rein at Leung Chun-ying public meeting

Activists try to throw objects at chief executive, but they fail to hit the mark

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 December, 2013, 6:37am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 December, 2013, 6:37am

Beefed up security prevented Leung Chun-ying from being hit with missiles at a rowdy forum on his policy address and budget yesterday.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers maintained a watertight defence in protecting the chief executive at the community centre in Tai Kok Tsui, a day after Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah was hit by an egg at a forum.

League of Social Democrats lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung came closest when he hurled a paper ball made of "hell" notes. But it missed its target and was hit back in mid-flight by the chairman of Yau Tsim Mong district council, Chung Kong-mo, who hosted the forum.

Activist Lui Yuk-lin had planned to throw a pineapple and eggs, but security guards stopped her outside the venue and confiscated the fruit.

"The security guards were of the view that it was an offensive weapon," said Anna Tsang Yim-sheung, deputy Mong Kok police district commander.

Lui complained that her own hell notes were also taken from her. After being dragged out of the venue for shouting - one of 13 participants ousted out of 300 people at the venue - she burned a portrait of Leung on the ground and threw eggs at it.

On Saturday Tsang was hit on the head by an egg thrown by a protester in North Point, later joking that his doctor had told him "not to take too many eggs".

Yesterday's forum, which covered welfare issues like housing and poverty alleviation, was also attended by labour and welfare minister Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, home affairs undersecretary Florence Hui Hiu-fai and outgoing financial services undersecretary Julia Leung Fung-yee.

The chief executive was urged to do more for young people who were out of work, and there were calls for a universal retirement scheme. Although Leung was shouted down whenever he tried to speak, he said such forums would continue.

"The government will not give up its work to outreach to the public because of a small group of people's disruption of order," said Leung. Separately, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expressed regret about the disruptions.

Despite the vigorous protests and Lam's acknowledgement on Saturday that the narrow voter base that put Leung in office had created a governance problem, the chief executive said: "The administration's governance has been effective. We have achieved phased progress in delivering various policies."


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"Long Hair" is nothing but a hooligan. 流氓
I watched one so-called pro-democrat on the TV news stating that throwing objects at officials is not violence. Yet the same people yell like hell if the police even breath near them. It's interesting that Emily LAU does not come out to condemn the violence. Her silence suggest tacit approval.
Shouldn't we be trying to communicate instead? Despite all the hostilities, CY Leung has been trying. Why don't the opponents listen and discuss instead? That would be a more positive way forward.
What kind of democracy is it when you attend a forum, and before any of the speakers could even say a word, you threw things at the speakers; or shouted slogans and disrupt the forum? How can one reasonably protest when one does not even know of the contents of the speech? This is not democracy, but dictatorship!
Shouting and throwing things is not productive. But there largest part of the blame here lies with the government.

What the Chief Nitwit and his fellow kleptocrats still don't seem to understand that this is not just about a 'small group of people's disruption of order.'

It is about widespread frustration about the government's failure to (help) tackle basic issues that millions of Hongkongers deal with. Unaffordable, often tiny housing. Insufficient places of quality education for children. Too many tourists. Air pollution. The landfills/incinerator issue. The 2017 electoral reform. The 1.3 million people living below the poverty line, many of them elderly. And so on, and so on.

All of these constitute fundamental policy failures on the part of government. And nothing is being done but vague public consultations and decisions that won't help ordinary people, but instead appear to be tailored to suit the needs of the (business) elite, vested interests and the puppet masters in Beijing. The national education debacle, the HKTV license fiasco, the continuation of the ludicrous small house policy, the very low minimum wage and the loopholes within it, the rip-off that is the MPF scheme, and so on.

People are shouting because the CE needs to wake up and realise that we have enormous problems in this city. These problems call for strong leadership and (radical) new policy. 18 months in the job, and he has delivered very, very little of this. Will he ever?
Nah, he's a monkey that climbs fences. Someone should put him in a small box and misplace the cretin....
Anyone else think that this is nothing but pure hooliganism and mob mentality?
How can anyone support this man that uses intimidation and political stunts, insults and missiles? This type of behaviour makes me ashamed of Hong Kong's political system, and it makes us look ridiculous.
What kind of example is this man making? Why doesn't he compete in debate and discussion, rather than attention-seeking, guerilla stunts? What happened to civility?
This man does not have my support.
People really need to get a bit more creative protest tactics. Throwing things, shouting, or holding signs don’t seem very effective to me. I think it would send a powerful statement if people simply attend these public forums. And then when CY Leung speaks, everyone just get up, turn their backs to him, and leave quietly.
CY must learn to take these barbaric acts in his stride. I recall when the late Ronald Reagan was shot during his stint as president he quipped to his wife" Honey, I forgot to duck'. Now that is what we hope our leaders can do. A charm offensive even when encountering sabre-rattling adversaries. This would also ease tensions.
for the well-being of hk people leung chun ying should resign as he is not a good leader. since his rule hk is in doldrums. this is the fact which he should accept and understand, or he should improve his leadership.



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