Legco meeting suspended again after Ted Hui tries to throw rotten plant

Local | 28 May 2020 12:50 pm

The second reading debate on the national anthem bill at the Legislative Council was suspended for the third time this morning after pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui Chi-fung was seen trying to throw a rotten plant, which later caused a stench.

He tried to run to the podium while holding the rotten plant, but was stopped by security guards.

Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yeun suspended the meeting immediately, saying that "legislator Hui Chi-fung threw some unknown dangerous item."

Legco staff covered the rotten plant with a piece of cloth and sprayed air fresheners to clear the smell, and police and firefighters were called to the chamber.

Speaking to the media after the incident, Hui said the item was a plant that was rotten two days ago, and he wanted to use it as a prop to protest against Leung for his abuse of power by not allowing opposition lawmakers to speak, and let him "feel and smell what it's like."

"The rotten thing is 'One country, Two systems', the rotten thing is the rule of law, the rotten thing is our Hong Kong value," Hui said.

"Unfortunately, it [rotten plant] was on the ground because I was hit by security guards."

Pro-establishment lawmaker Rebecca Chan Hoi-yan was sickened by the stench, which caused her to vomit repeatedly and discomfort to eye and skin, according to her Facebook page. She was sent to the hospital.

Video: RTHK.

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