Saturday, August 23, 2014   

CY slams Legco protest
(07-03 11:08)

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has criticized a protest within the Legislative Council in which objects were hurled as pan-democrat lawmakers called for true democracy.
Some of the lawmakers held placards while others threw paper and unidentified objects at Mr Leung, who slammed their actions, saying he and other government officials had faced "insulting" language and "aggressive behavior".
Leung said that everyone saw what had happened. He pointed out that there were councillors who hurled objects, and there was broken glass lying in the Council chamber.
Almost all pan-democrat legislators left the chamber at the start of a question-and-answer session with Mr Leung, after leaving their seats to stage a protest demanding true democracy.
Security guards carried away four lawmakers while the others left on their own.
After a short suspension of the meeting, the Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, described their actions as unacceptable and said he had to ensure government officials were "respected".
People Power legislator, Albert Chan Wai-yip, said he and his colleague, Ray Chan Chi-chuen, did not throw dangerous objects at Leung.
He said they threw paper stars to show their discontent with the Chairman of the Council's Finance Committee, Ng Leung-sing, whom they accused of violating the Council's rules of procedures when the Committee recently considered and granted the government's request for initial funding for building two new towns in northeast New Territories.
The Chairwoman of the Democratic Party, Emily Lau Wai-hing, described the action as "unprecedented" and criticized Leung for failing to respond to the results of the recent unofficial referendum on political reform in which almost 800,000 people voted. --RTHK   
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