A woman expat had to be restrained after she climbed over a glass barrier in the gallery and threatened to jump into the chamber after Hong Kong legislators approved funding for a controversial waste incineration project.
“I want to jump … Shame on Hong Kong,” the 55-year-old woman, identified only as Jane, shouted as she tried to clear the partition, her lower legs dangling in the air.
The incident came as a panel approved funding for a plan to build an incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau, an outlying island, Metro Daily reported Wednesday.
On Tuesday, protesters including parents, schoolteachers and students picketed the legislature, demanding the government scrap the plan.
The woman accused the government of going back on its word. “I remember [Chief Executive] Leung Chun-ying promised before the election that there would be no need to build an incinerator in Shek Kwu Chau, but now our environmental department says we have to build one in the most beautiful place in Hong Kong,” she said.
The woman was escorted out of the building by security guards.
Lawmakers voted 14 to six in favour of an HK$18 billion (US$2.32 billion) funding request after a filibuster by several lawmakers failed.
The approval means the government has now secured the green light from the public works subcommittee for all of its controversial integrated waste management infrastructure that also includes three landfills.
The funding measure next comes up before the legislative finance committee, and if all goes to plan, the incinerator is expected to be up and running as early as 2021.
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