Jasper Tsang, president of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (Legco), has defended a decision to allow a sit-in protest at the ground floor of the Legco building last Friday.
Tsang said on Sunday that he was among the group of people that made the decision to allow the protest, and that he believes the decision was correct, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Dozens of people who were opposed to a government development plan for the northeastern New Territories staged a sit-in protest at the Legco headquarters on Friday. The protest was peaceful initially but scuffles broke out between the demonstrators and security guards later in the evening. That prompted authorities to call in the police.
Tsang said he has advised the Lego Secretariat to allow the sit-in protest. The original participants had behaved in a restrained manner but later an aggressive bunch took over and had scuffles with security guards.
The sit-in protest did not cause interruption to any of the ongoing activities at the legislature, but when the other group of aggressive protestors stormed into the building, the Secretariat had no options but to call the police for help, Tsang added.
Legislators from the Pro-establishment camp have called for an overhaul of security measures at the Legco building in order to prevent such protests from paralyzing legislative proceedings.
Legislator Chan Ka-lok of the Civic Party said the constitutional status of Legco means it has a responsibility to listen to the public, and hence the decision not to call the police immediately was acceptable.
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