Date
18 August 2017
Jasper Tsang says the government should not forcibly remove protesters camped out outside government headquarters. Photo: HKEJ
Jasper Tsang says the government should not forcibly remove protesters camped out outside government headquarters. Photo: HKEJ

Jasper Tsang: Legco will open when it’s safe

Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang said the chamber will resume if it is safe for officials and the public to enter government headquarters which have been the scene of a sit-in protest by pro-democracy demonstrators.

Tsang said the crowd is thinning out but there are still concerns about the safety of lawmakers, government officials and members of the public, RTHK reported Monday. 

He urged the protesters and Hong Kong police to exercise restraint.

“We hope that no student will be hurt and the government will not forcibly remove them,” Tsang said. “But the protesters should also understand that people need to work.”

Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung said the atmosphere in the protest area has been calm and there should be little difficulty resuming Legco sessions on Wednesday even if some pro-establishment lawmakers stay away for security reasons.

Another legislator, Leung Mei-fun, said Legco should resume on Wednesday and take up harsh police tactics during an abortive dispersal operation last Sunday and Monday.

She said she is not expecting much from planned talks between the Hong Kong Federation of Students and government representatives.

“The talks have not started yet and I don’t think these will solve the problem,” Leung said.

However, the meeting could help soothe emotions on the part of the students,” she said.

Meanwhile, pro-government lawmaker Ma Fung-Kwok said he is concerned pan-democrats will create a “non-cooperation movement” in Legco and paralyze its work.

He said 23 pan-democrats have applied to join two subcommittees. If they end up heading these panels, they might influence government policy implementation, he said.

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