National People's Congress chairman Wu Bangguo will face a series of protests during his three-day visit to the city, which begins today. But while pan-democrats will be among the protesters, they are still seeking a meeting with Mr Wu. The protests will include a march calling for the release of jailed journalist Ching Cheong and one by mainland abode seekers. The call by pan-democrats for a meeting came after Mr Wu declined an invitation to meet the Legislative Council. In a reply to legislators, Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei, private secretary to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, said Beijing 'has noted members' wish to meet with visiting state leaders in Hong Kong. [But] given the short duration of Mr Wu's ... visit to Hong Kong, he will not be able to hold a separate session exclusively with legislators'. Speaking yesterday after the Legco House Committee had discussed the issue, The Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said Mr Wu's reply was no surprise, as lawmakers never got the chance to communicate with visiting state leaders. Still, 24 pan-democrats signed a letter calling for a meeting with Mr Wu to discuss the city's political development, demand universal suffrage and the release of Ching on medical parole. They also demand that home return permits be issued to Hong Kong people who are barred from entering the mainland. Albert Cheng King-hon was the only member of the camp not to sign the letter. He said he did not want the central government to intervene in Hong Kong affairs. Various groups will protest today outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre, where Mr Wu will attend a banquet with 400 political, business and diplomatic figures in the evening. Among others, representatives from The Frontier, the League of Social Democrats and the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China will march to the venue.