Date
19 September 2017
Pan-democratic legislators held placards and denounced Beijing as a mainland official attended a forum in Hong Kong Monday to explain China's decision on the 2017 chief executive election. Photo: RTHK
Pan-democratic legislators held placards and denounced Beijing as a mainland official attended a forum in Hong Kong Monday to explain China's decision on the 2017 chief executive election. Photo: RTHK

Pan-democrats protest as Li Fei seeks to justify NPC decision

Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, faced protests as he participated in a forum in Hong Kong Monday to discuss Beijing’s decision on electoral reforms in the special administrative region.

As Li began to speak, some pan-democratic legislators stood in front of the stage and held aloft placards bearing the words “liar” and “shameless”, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) reported.

Li ignored the protesters and continued with his speech, but a person later announced that the briefing has to be paused due to the disorder, according to the report. Some people attending the event are then said to have clapped their hands. 

Audrey Eu from the Civil Party said Beijing’s decision, which was announced Sunday, is tailor-made to ensure that Hong Kong’s current chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, can remain in his position when a new election is held in 2017.

Leung Kwok-hung, the radical legislator commonly known as “Long Hair”, was escorted away from the conference as he stood up and protested when Li started to talk. Leung said he will give Li a letter, which can be passed it on to Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

If Li does not accept the letter, Leung said he will read out the letter loudly, Headline News said.

Separately, TVB News quoted Leung as saying: “I don’t know if I will have the chance to speak; it is hard for me to get in [to the conference].”

Li’s visit is just aimed at listening to the views that Beijing prefers, Leung said. 

Leung and some League of Social Democrats members protested outside the conference hall. Leung slammed the central government for taking away Hong Kong people’s right to elect their leader in a free and democratic election, using the excuse of national security.

Meanwhile, pan-democratic legislator Frederick Fung protested and left the hall when Li gave his speech, RTHK said. The NPC decision will hurt the city’s democratic development, Fung was quoted as saying, adding that pan-democrats will reject the Beijing framework.

Emily Lau from the Democratic Party said there is still room for discussion if Beijing takes back the “rubbish proposal”.

Alan Leong from Civic Party said CY Leung should be responsible for handing in a report without incorporating thorough views on the second stage of the political reform, the report said.

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