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Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man arrested for throwing glass at Chief Executive CY Leung

Lawmaker arrives at station in Central to be arrested on suspicion of assault after incident involving chief executive at Legco meeting

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 July, 2014, 11:17pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 July, 2014, 7:42am
 

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Independent lawmaker Wong Yuk-man was arrested last night on suspicion of common assault after he hurled a glass in the direction of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in a Legislative Council meeting on Thursday.

The arrest came on the same day as five members of the July 1 pro-democracy march were held for leading the rally too slowly.

The arrests were seen as a sign the government may be toughening its stance in the face of mounting pressure for "genuine" universal suffrage.

Arriving at the police station in Central by car, Wong flashed a "victory" sign to a group of supporters and reporters who had been waiting for him. He was accompanied by a lawyer.

"I got a tip-off that the police want to arrest me. Save the trouble - it's just a glass. I am coming here myself. This is how you act like a hero," he said.

"If they really lay a charge against me, I must make 689 appear in court!" he said, in a mocking reference to the number of votes the chief executive received from the 1,193-strong Election Committee to win the election two years ago.

Police said Wong, 62, was arrested for common assault and released on bail pending further investigation. A police source said officers went to Wong's office in the afternoon but could not find him. They waited for Wong outside the building while he was in a Legco finance committee meeting.

The incident took place on Thursday morning when Leung arrived in the Legco chamber for a question-and-answer session.

About 20 pan-democrats marched towards him to urge him to take the huge turnout at the democracy rally seriously.

They shouted: "Genuine universal suffrage without screening ... Listen to the people's voice, 689." Wong then hurled documents and a glass in the direction of the chief executive. Leung calmly picked up pieces of the glass and criticised Wong's behaviour. His office later called the police to investigate the matter.

While Wong remained unapologetic, saying he did "not have to be polite to a dictatorship", other pan-democrats condemned Wong's act, saying it was not part of their plan to protest against the chief executive.

Wong's arrest raises the possibility of him losing his seat in Legco. This would happen only if he is convicted and sentenced to one month in jail or more, and if a motion calling on him to step down is passed by two-thirds of his colleagues in Legco, under article 79 of the Basic Law.

Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said whether Wong had actually injured anyone would be an important consideration if he is charged and a court must rule on his guilt or innocence. It would also be a factor in sentencing.

Luk said it was unlikely a first-time offender would receive a prison sentence.

Earlier yesterday the five members of the group organising Tuesday's march, the Civil Human Rights Front, were arrested for "failing to comply with directions given by police officers" and obstructing police.

Officers said the truck leading the procession moved at snail's pace to deliberately slow down the rally. Another 511 people were detained after the march for staging a sit-in in Chater Road.

 

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icsl
Serve him right! Everyone has to be accountable for their action.
People like Wong Yuk Man set very bad examples to our students. Sad to see an increasing number of youngsters mirror this behaviour.
Civilize people talk and discuss, narrow difference to find win win solutions.
People who shout, throw objects, resort to violence to get what they want are no difference than a spoiled child. Hong Kong cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour.
It is a disgrace having people like Wong Yuk Man in the Legco.
Don't understand why people who were jailed can continue their role at Legco.
53b79978-2748-41e4-b443-74440a320969
黃毓民 is nothing but a low life thug and a bully. Does he think resorting to violence, intimidation, shouting, using insulting language and name calling will get him anywhere? He thinks he is something, but he's actually turning himself into a laughing stock. I fully agree with Donald tsang's comment about 黃毓民. He basically behaves like a thug. He's arrogant, self righteous, hostile, and downright violent. If he thinks it is okay to abuse other people, then he should get a taste of his own medicine and see how it feels like. Freedom of speech doesn't mean he can do anything he wants without consequences. Violent and aggressive behaviour is never acceptable, regardless of the circumstances. This kind of behaviour is reprehensible and should never be tolerated in the Legco.
Will.I.Am
He's simply a bullying thug hiding under the skirt of his long time pals, the Heung brothers. He's been a bullying A hole all his life. Had it not been for them and their protection he would not have survived walking the street of HK.
johnwe
This man needs treatment either for attention deficit syndrome (since he is desperate to get attention all the time), anger management (if he acts out of frustration and on impulse every time) legco manners (he has none) or be simply charged for hooliganism and assault (not resulting in bodily harm).
This last recourse is the best. Wong is an educated man who knows all these options and it is not the first time as he has thrown many other objects at CY on other occasions.
Paper, bananas and funereal paper no longer satisfy him - he has moved to a missile than can seriously injure.
johnwe
This man needs treatment either for attention deficit syndrome (since he is desperate to get attention all the time), anger management (if he acts out of frustration and on impulse every time) legco manners (he has none) or be simply charged for hooliganism and assault (not resulting in bodily harm).
This last recourse is the best. Wong is an educated man who knows all these options and it is not the first time as he has thrown many other objects at CY on other occasions.
Paper, bananas and funereal paper no longer satisfy him - he has moved to a missile than can seriously injure.
clc2
Wong Yuk-man sounds like he assaulted the Chief Executive. If so, he should be arrested for it.
HK-Lover
If any government official throws "just" a glass at him or his wife he would be the first one to file a police report for his life being threatened, call for the official's resignation and organise a demonstration.
marine1958@sbcglobal.net
Thankfully, I sold my property and left Hong Kong one week after the "Handover" since who would want to live there after the PRC has virtually destroyed this former nirvana surrounded by the pestilence of China. Instead of endeavoring to make the Mainland like Hong Kong, China has made Hong Kong like the Mainland, i.e., dirty, polluted, high unemployment and a "toilet" for visiting Mainlanders! I remember in the 1950s when thousands of Chinese took their lives in their hands attempting to gain the freedom of Hong Kong, by the bodies retrieved daily by the Harbor Police many didn't make it! From a thriving Financial Headquarters in the past, Hong Kong has fallen fast and far since July 1, 1997. Other than a transit point for elsewhere in Asia, few would want to visit there now! "50 years of Democracy", forget it, it will never be seen in Hong Kong!
sng7444
too prejudice. Have ever what is HK in the 70?s... Worse than China now. No matter where you go or change your identity, you still a Chinese. How come you **** on your motherland!?!
chuchu59
You left HK after 1997?
Good riddance.

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