At least half of the 60 lawmakers signed a statement yesterday condemning legislators from the League of Social Democrats who threw objects at the financial secretary, swept aside his documents and grabbed at his microphone. While those from the pan-democratic camp did not sign the statement, leading pan-democrats were quick to distance themselves from the protest, rebuking the three for disturbing proceedings of the Legislative Council. During a press conference after he delivered the budget, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah described the protest as childish, naive, tasteless and attention-seeking. He said he was very disappointed this had happened during such a serious occasion. 'I believe this is not what the Hong Kong public wants to see,' he added. Fellow officials were quick to give him their support, with Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen saying the protest was 'further than extreme'. Last night, Mr Tang sent a letter to Tsang Yok-sing, the council president, saying: 'We believe the community would not condone any unruly behaviour inside the chamber that disrupts the proceedings of Legco and violates our commonly subscribed principle that protests in whatever form should be held in a peaceful manner. 'The repeated unruly behaviour, with some increasingly intimidating acts, of these members against public officers is worrying. We are highly concerned about the severe negative impact of such behaviour on the relationship between Legco and the administration,' he wrote. Executive Council convenor Leung Chun-ying said the 'violent conduct' was 'deserving of condemnation'. He later posted on his blog: 'If you were in a tea house having tea, and people were acting in such a way, the customers would definitely call the police ... Legco standards should not fall below that of a tea house.' The disruption began after about 45 minutes into the speech, when Mr Tsang was elaborating on research grants and the Innovation and Technology Fund. League chairman Wong Yuk-man walked up to Mr Tsang, swiped away his documents and his glass of water, and grabbed at his microphone muttering: 'What's the point of reading this out, there's nothing worth reading out?' As staff led him out, Leung Kwok-hung smashed a rice bowl in front of Mr Tsang and attempted to rip up budget documents. As he was led out, he threw a book at Mr Tsang's chest, and from farther away hurled two toy bananas. The protest was also joined by Albert Chan Wai-yip. Mr Leung said afterwards the action had not been planned, but had resulted from frustration against the lack of policies to help grass-roots people. Mr Wong said it was wrong for officials to put pressure on the Legco president. The League has been involved in several protests in the chamber, including one in which bananas were thrown as Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen delivered his policy address in October.