Date
22 October 2017
Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung refuses to change his T-shirt, insisting on freedom of expression. Photo: RTHK
Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung refuses to change his T-shirt, insisting on freedom of expression. Photo: RTHK

Long Hair barred from mainland over ‘June 4′ T-shirt

Pan-democratic lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung was barred from entering mainland China after he refused to take off a T-shirt with the slogan, “Don’t forget June 4”, RTHK reported.

Leung, or Long Hair as he is commonly known, was among 43 Hong Kong lawmakers who were scheduled to attend a meeting with Li Fei, chairman of the Basic Law Committee, starting at 3 pm Thursday.

At the border, he was asked by a mainland immigration official to take off his T-shirt which also carried the words, “public nomination” and “Occupy Central”.

The official said that violated Chinese law but did not respond to Leung’s request for an explanation on law offenses. Leung refused to change his T-shirt insisting on freedom of expression.

He handed three items, including an open letter, to lawmaker Cheung Chiu-hung, asking him to hand them to Beijing officials.

An official of Beijing’s Liaison Office said the decision was made according to related regulation on the mainland. “Leung has repeatedly carried prohibited items entering the mainland and he has made a deliberate violation,” the official said.

“That could undermine the sensible communicating environment for all parties to push ahead with the political system development of Hong Kong, and it should be criticized,” the official said.

Frederick Fung Kin-kee from Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood and Wong Pik-wan from the Democratic Party have handed a public survey to Li Fei.

The Labor Party’s Cyd Ho Sau-lan handed over a Xinhua Daily newspaper with an editorial on the 1944 election, which said all people should enjoy equal voting rights.

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