Cold-water blasts fail to cool legislators

Central Station | 13 Aug 2019

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu squabbled with pan-democratic legislators during yesterday's display by a police water-cannon-carrying vehicle.

The trouble flared before the show began when Lam Cheuk-ting of the Democratic Party accused Ho of being connected to gangsters and described him as "Hong Kong's No 1 scum."

Lam's companion, Ted Hui Chi-fung, then asked Ho: "Why did you shake hands with the gangsters?"

That was a reference to Ho greeting thugs who beat up activists and others in and around Yuen Long MTR Station on July 21. Ho shot back with the claim that pan-democrats were "colluding with the Americans" and snapped "Shame on you!" He also called Hui "a betrayer" destined for prison.

The fiery lines were cut off by police public relations officers so the show could commence.

But the respite was temporary, with more anger bubbling up as a question-and-answer session commenced after the water-cannon show.

Gary Chan Hak-kan of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, who chairs the legislature's security panel, tried and failed to impose order. So the cops cut short the session and left.

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