Blocks prompt Legco to call off meeting

Top News | Phoenix Un and Amy Nip 13 Jun 2019

Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen called off the meeting on the fugitive law amendment last night after pro-establishment lawmakers failed to enter the Legco building.

With all roads leading to the building and its entrances and exits blocked by protesters, Leung first announced at 10.45am that the meeting was postponed until further notice.

According to the original schedule, the second reading of the bill was to start at 1pm after officials had answered questions from lawmakers.

But at about 6pm it was announced that the meeting would not be held that day. That left Leung to determine the time for the next meeting - scheduled for tomorrow.

It is understood at least 31 pro-establishment legislators went to Central Police Station on Tuesday night while several others, including Gary Chan Hak-kan, Wong Ting-kwong and Alice Mak Mei-kuen of the Federation of Trade Unions, managed to enter the Legco building yesterday.

Then, at 2.35pm, some of the 31 legislators boarded a government minibus, but it did not head for Legco. There was a heavy police presence inside Legco after an amber alert went into effect from midnight, halting all public services.

Six pro-democracy lawmakers including the Civic Party's Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu and the Democratic Party's Lam Cheuk-ting, were barred from the building at the height of confrontation in the afternoon. And several protesters were dragged into a room inside the building by police.

Meanwhile, seven former government officials signed a petition calling for Carrie Lam to retract the bill to buy more time for discussion and gain support.

They were former secretary for labor and welfare Stephen Sui Wai-keung and former undersecretary for transport and housing Yau Shing-mu.

The others were Paul Chan Chi-yuen, Zandra Mok Yee-tuen, Linda Choy Siu-min, Frankie Yip Kan-chuen and Julian Law Wing-chung , who had served as political assistants.

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