Drop legal bid to unseat pan-democrats, Hong Kong activists demand outside chief executive’s residence
Protesters in stand-off with police at Government House
Activists from the League of Social Democrats and Demosisto joined hands on Monday to demand the government drop its legal action to disqualify four pan-democrat legislators.
Shouting slogans such as “shameful political repression” and “halt judicial review”, about 30 protesters, led by lawmakers “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung and Lau Siu-lai, marched to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s residence in Central.
They had wanted to stage a rally outside the main gate of Government House but the request was denied by police, citing public safety as a reason. After a brief stand-off the protesters gave in and read out their petition at the designated protest area at the back door of the Hong Kong leader’s official residence before dispersing.
The government mounted a legal challenge to disqualify Leung, Lau, and two of her fellow localists, Nathan Law Kwun-chung from Demosisto and the non-affiliated Edward Yiu Chung-yim, over their allegedly improper oath-taking as legislators last October.
Their case is scheduled to be heard in court on March 1.
Two localist lawmakers – Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang – have already been disqualified for their antics at their swearing-in on October 12.
Lau said: “It is political repression. We were publicly elected and it is shameful Leung Chun-ying has sought to use public money to unseat elected lawmakers. Such a move is anti-democratic. We hope people will not forget our case, although much of their attention understandably has now been on the chief executive election.”
Leung said: “The government might win the court case but they will lose in the by-election. You can call it some kind of sweet revenge.”
Earlier in the day about 20 protesters from the Neighbourhood and Worker’s Service Centre staged a street drama outside Government House to mock Leung for failing to honour pledges in his election platforms.
Featuring a “fake” god of fortune, it told the story of how many government policies were actually poison and should be got rid of, citing the Territory-wide System Assessment in schools.
The protest organiser, legislator Leung Yiu-chung, also accused the chief executive of failing to work out a concrete policy on standard working hours for workers and a universal pension scheme.
“It was shameful of him to boast in the policy address that he has basically implemented the commitments in his election manifesto,” Leung said.