22 January 2020

Police called to Legco after glass hurled at Leung

Chaos broke out Thursday in the Legislative Council when a legislator hurled a glass at Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and pan-democrat lawmakers heckled him during a question-and-answer session, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Police were later called to investigate, the first time the chief executive’s office had made such a request since Hong Kong’s 1997 handover to China, other media reports said.

Pro-democracy legislators raised placards and shouted at Leung as soon as he arrived in the chamber.

Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man climbed up to his desk and started throwing objects at Leung, including a drinking glass, Ming Pao said.

The glass shattered on the floor behind Leung. Police classified the incident as a common assault but no arrests have been made.

Both pro-democracy and pro-establishment camps condemned the incident but a defiant Wong challenged the government to sue him.

During the chaos, four lawmakers were forcibly removed from the chamber, with the remaining pan-democrats walking out in protest.

Leung said the Legislative Council and the community must take the matter seriously.

Legco chairman Jasper Tsang said lawmakers involved in the fracas could face criminal liability even though they are protected by the powers and privileges ordinance.

Meanwhile, the Legco Commission said it was not aware that the police had gone into the chamber to collect evidence after Thursday’s incident.

Commission member Ronny Tong said the Legco secretariat and the commission should have been informed in advance of any police investigation in the chamber, the report said.

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