Protests against parallel-goods traders were unacceptable, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said, as he vowed to pay more effort to alleviating the disturbance brought by the traders to Hongkongers ahead of the Lunar New Year. “The government has thought greatly about the disturbance brought by [the parallel-trading activities],” he told the press before the Executive Council meeting this morning. “But we cannot accept a small group of people voicing their dissatisfaction by attacking malls and creating a nuisance to society.” The government would take prompt action against any illegal activities, he added. Leung’s remarks came after hundreds of protesters gathered at Tuen Mun on Sunday to condemn the parallel-good traders. One police officer and 13 local people suffered minor injuries as protesters clashed with police. Ten protesters have been charged with taking part in an unlawful assembly. The chief executive said the government’s joint panel would look into the parallel-goods trading problem in a holistic manner – such as from street management to the supply of goods – to alleviate its impact on the public. Leung said the government had been taking measures against parallel-goods trading, such as barring non-permanent residents of Shenzhen from applying for a multi-entry permit under the individual travel scheme a few years ago, which could have allowed them to enter the city multiple times a day. On Monday, Anthony Lau Chun-hon, executive director of the Tourism Board, said the industry had called on the government to work towards getting more mainland cities signed up to the individual visitor scheme, which allows residents of 49 mainland cities to travel independently to Hong Kong, as the growth in the number of tourists visiting the city is expected to slow down this year. Meanwhile, Leung again lashed out at the filibuster staged by pan-democratic lawmakers over the funding request for the creation of the long-promised innovation and technology bureau. “Our competitors are among the happiest to see such filibustering acts – be it used against the IT bureau or the livelihood policies before,” he said. “We respect the legislators’ power to monitor the government ... but from what we have seen in the past week, the pan-democratic lawmakers indeed have made use of the loopholes in the rules of procedure to stage the filibuster and waste time.” On political reform, Leung reiterated that Hongkongers should ditch the unrealistic hope that the city’s political reform could go beyond the framework set by the Basic Law and the decision by Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, which has ruled that only two to three candidate who won the majority support from the nominating committee could run for the top job.