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Long Hair Leung Kwok-hung flies back to Hong Kong after row at Shanghai airport

Pan-democrat returns to HK after dispute at airport, with two more flying back in support

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 April, 2014, 11:35pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 April, 2014, 12:59pm
 

A trip by Hong Kong lawmakers to Shanghai to meet state officials got off to a disastrous start yesterday, with three pan-democrats including "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung deciding to turn back soon after they arrived.

The remaining 11 pan-democrats decided to stay for the talks on political reform.

Leung, chairman of the League of Social Democrats, secured a last-minute ticket and returned to Hong Kong last night.

I hope the incident won't seriously affect the way the visit is being conducted
Jasper Tsang Yok-sing

He had arrived in Shanghai wearing a T-shirt bearing words in support of Tiananmen Mothers, a group formed by mothers whose children died in the 1989 crackdown.

Customs officers searched his luggage as he waited in a VIP lounge at the airport with the rest of the Hong Kong party.

He was then asked to surrender items he was carrying, including leaflets about the crackdown, several T-shirts with related slogans and a book on the Communist Party that is banned on the mainland. But Leung refused.

Other lawmakers attempted to mediate and Legco Secretariat staff sought help from the Hong Kong trade office in Shanghai.

After a stand-off of about 20 minutes, Leung decided to boycott the meeting and return to Hong Kong.

He boarded a flight back last night, according to Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and fellow pan-democrat Charles Mok, who both witnessed the confrontation.

The Labour Party's Cyd Ho Sau-lan and Peter Cheung Kwok-che also decided to return this morning in support of Leung.

But others from the pan-democratic camp decided to proceed with the trip.

Leung, who is usually barred from visiting the mainland, was among a group of 24 legislative councillors who arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 8.30pm.

The delegation is scheduled to meet state officials tomorrow to discuss electoral reform in Hong Kong, and Legco chief Tsang said he hoped the dispute would not affect the dialogue.

"It is regrettable and is a pity … I hope the incident won't seriously affect the way the visit is being conducted," Tsang said.

Moderate pan-democrat Frederick Fung Kin-kee, of the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood, said the incident had increased tensions between the pan-democrats and Beijing, but he and 10 others from the camp would remain.

"The main goal of this trip is to discuss the political reform with Beijing officials, which would be the first time in over 10 years … We treasure this opportunity …," Fung said.

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jgmoreno
Japan has a democracy, South Korea has a democracy, same with Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Maldives, Mongolia and many other Asian countries....
Almost all countries in South America are democracies, same in Europe, North America and Oceania. Many countries in Africa and Middle East are also democracies.
Some are more advanced, stable and economically stronger, others are poorer, weaker and more fragile.
Sure, there are some bumps in the road. But somehow, one way or another, they all learn to live with some kind of democracy, where the people has a say in the future of their own country.

Why is it that, somehow, China never seems to be ready to embark in this road? Why is it that others can live relatively peacefully with democracy, press freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of religion while in China, as many argue, its going to be hell on earth if they adopt it? Do you mean by this that the Chinese are inferior to other races and by nature can't handle these freedoms? Then what about Taiwan? Are they not Chinese too??
Can someone explain this to me?
daily
Nobody should be surprised..........as usual, long -hair always does something to try to grab attention, and ends up embarrassing HK.......he planned it all along.
What can HK do to get rid of this garbage for good?
sipsip1238
So what he just did was purposely stir up the issue, get sent back...and then get paid about 100k for the two weeks just to continue sitting around, complaining loudly, and never providing a solution.
paddyjr@gmail.com
As a local HKer, I am grateful for freedom of speech etc... But this guy is acting like a total brat
warren_siu
Killing Tiananmen Students is for the greater good of China? That's a warped belief sold by those in power to justify the butchering. There is no way to prove that China's economic success is due purely with Deng's policies. Anyone could open up the economy, Deng's policies were just copying the west, so many countries have used it for hundreds of years and yet the Communist Party only figured it out in the 80s. Another leader with a Democratic government could have done the obvious. Now killing of innocent people, that is a FACT that China needs to face up to, not sweep under the bed like the Japanese government. We criticize Japan so much for not apologizing, how about apologizing to the Tiananmen Mothers?
Will.I.Am
Wasting taxpayers money, bunch of morons!
anthonygmail
These legislators are a joke and lack sincerity from the outset.
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All those involved must have known that Leung's things would be confiscated. Were they planning to return even before they arrived in Shanghai.
johnyuan
Leung Kwok Hung is so well-prepared for the trip to fulfill his purpose judging by what he has packed in his luggage. Now his next legislator election is mostly assured if his followers still remain. I must say Leung is a good strategist whose self-serving tactic is as transparent as it is shameless.
Chris Yu
He doesn't have to go to Shanghai actually. I don't think his action could get applaud from HK people. Shame on him
virokick
It's people like long hair that is a threat to democracy and civilised discussion. There's only one place in the world - one can behave like a clown and still be in government - HK. I feel sorry for those heroes who died in Tianamen; they died for a noble cause. But think about it - had Deng Xiao Ping gave in, we won't have the China it is today. China will be another India at best- perhaps more corrupted. Hundreds of millions will be malnourished and HK will also be at risk. The West will continue to call the Chinese man - The sick man of the east. Today China is the second biggest economy -surpassing even Japan. Could we do this with democracy ? I believe in democracy , but it's a superior form of government , China is not yet ready today, definitely not ready back than ,during Tianamen and , for people like long hair -not in this lifetime.

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