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'Long Hair' denied mainland entry once more over political T-shirt

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 August, 2014, 4:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 August, 2014, 8:38am

League of Social Democrats chairman "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung has been barred from entering the mainland for the second time since April, after he refused to take off a T-shirt bearing political slogans.

The words on his T-shirt called for public nomination in Hong Kong's 2017 election of its chief executive, and lauded the democracy movement that was quashed on June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square.

Leung was travelling with 48 other legislators to Shenzhen for talks with Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei on electoral reform.

On arrival at Shenzhen's Huanggang checkpoint, opposite Hong Kong's Lok Ma Chau, they waited in their two coaches as border officers went on board to check their documents.

When it was Leung's turn, a border officer told him his top was inappropriate but did not elaborate, the lawmaker said.

"I asked him what law I had broken," Leung said. "He did not tell me. He left the coach for a while, then returned and told me that I had been denied entry."

Leung's 14 pan-democrat allies continued the trip after he alighted voluntarily.

Leung dismissed suggestions he was deliberately trying to attract media attention. "I have the right to express my views and I am trying my best to make my views known to the Chinese government," he said.

On April 11, Leung was denied entry to Shanghai when he refused to surrender leaflets and books relating to June 4.

At the Shenzhen seminar, Leung had planned to present books on universal suffrage to mainland officials.

Despite his absence, however, there was no lack of "gifts" from the pan-democrats. Eight of them lined up with offerings for Li, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office director Wang Guangya and liaison office director Zhang Xiaoming .

The three officials received the gifts with smiles - except when Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan presented a photocopied editorial dated February 2, 1944, from the Xinhua Daily, the party mouthpiece of the time.

The editorial called for equal and universal suffrage, saying there should be no unreasonable restrictions on the right to be elected. Li was stony-faced as he passed the copy on without looking at it.

 

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ssslmcs01
"The editorial called for equal and universal suffrage, saying there should be no unreasonable restrictions on the right to be elected. Li was stony-faced as he passed the copy on without looking at it."
That's about what I would expect from Li!
As the Immigration Department has a list of people banned from entering Hong Kong, and it is enshrined in the Basic Law that Hong Kong will maintain control over who can enter, exit Hong Kong, it is imperative that three names be added to the list of people that if they try to enter Hong Kong they will be arrested and sentence to life in prison, they are, Li Fei, Wang Guangya and Zhang Xiaoming for starters.
ei050705
Is this democracy.
BabyMan
They got him by the short hairs!
robkemp
Any right-thinking person knows barring Longhair for wearing a non-obscene T-shirt is a joke. Why can't he criticise the Emperor? The days if pig-tail wearing are long gone.
skypingly
He is a disgrace to Hong Kong and the people of Hong Kong in his antics in the legislative council, an honourable institution that enacts the laws of Hong Kong and representing the Hong Kong people in China. However he is the people's choice in the legislative council election. May be it is the fault of the election system. However he is street smart to get evicted early in council meetings so that he does not have to sit through the session and be caught in photographs sleeping. He can pretend to represent the people and get paid for not doing anything except for the little antics that does not take a lot of time.
virokick
Views although correct, but expressed in a wrong way, is wrong.
cleareye
The product of democracy. We need people like him to remind us that election is not a game of whether your chosen candidate by popularity wins or loses, but how during his years in office he could make you a winner or loser.
53ae0c69-5e94-4706-924a-743c0a320969
I wouldn't be surprised if long/short hair put on this T shirt to deliberately get himself barred from entering China, not so much so that he can enjoy the beach and sunshine, but imagine what he could have done in front of Li Fei. Knowing full well the CCP is not going to back down in this meeting, if he sits quietly through, he is no longer long/short hair and may even be branded as a coward by his supporters/media. If he performs his usual antics, he will surely get arrested and thrown into a Chinese prison and turned into mincemeat. It's a no win situation for him.
PS. I'm not trying to defend him. He is one of the reasons why I dislike the pan-dems. I'm just trying to work out what's going through his mind.
robkemp
It's 2014, not the Middle Ages. Why can't Longhair wear this T-Shirt? It's not obscene.
BabyMan
It's not but he is.

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