Up to 550 abode seekers and supporters clashed with police outside the Legislative Council building as Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa was delivering his speech to lawmakers. The abode seekers, their parents and supporters - demanding direct talks with Mr Tung - managed to push through barricades erected by the police and occupied part of the Legco car park, chanting slogans and refusing to leave. Police called in 50 reinforcements as verbal exchanges and pushing broke out between police and the protesters. Cheung Cho-sang, vice-chairman of a group representing parents of those threatened with removal, said the abode seekers wanted to petition Mr Tung peacefully and police should not have intervened. 'We were there to give voice to our demands. We do not have guns or knives,' he said. Police Central District Commander Wong Pak-nin said officers had exercised restraint.