Date
22 August 2017
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying wants "disturbance-free access" to be guaranteed for officials entering the government headquarters. Photo: CNSA
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying wants "disturbance-free access" to be guaranteed for officials entering the government headquarters. Photo: CNSA

CY Leung expected to shy away from Legco Q&A session

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is not going to attend the Legislative Council’s question and answer session on Thursday unless a “disturbance-free access” is guaranteed for officials entering the government headquarters, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday, citing a statement issued by his office.

Under such a condition, many legislators from the pro-establishment camp believe the Q&A session most likely will be canceled.

Legco President Jasper Tsang told a media briefing on Monday that the secretariat will implement several security measures during the legislators’ regular meeting on Wednesday, including limiting the number of observers to just 10, while the lawmakers must submit a list of those who will attend a day before the session.

Legco is working on ways to ensure the safety of the legislators and government officials to avoid confrontation with the pro-democracy protesters. One of the measures considered is to use coaches to transport the officials.

The council postponed its session last Wednesday because of the ongoing Occupy campaign.

Tsang said police would stand by outside the government headquarters, and they would be ready to act should there be high-risk situations such as protesters wearing face masks or moving barriers.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Federation of Students said protesters would block all roads and passageways that CY Leung may use to enter the government headquarters on Thursday.

“Leung is welcome to come and have a chat with members of the public anytime,” HKFS secretary general Alex Chow Wing-hong said.

Legislator Wong Kwok-kin of Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said the Q&A session is likely to be canceled as confrontation between police and protesters is expected if CY Leung shows up at the government headquarters.

Fellow legislator Chan Ka-lok from the Civic Party said it is Leung’s problem if he fails to attend the Q&A session. He said the pro-democrats will definitely ask him to step down and fight for true democracy.

During the session, Leung is expected to be asked about the use of tear gas and pepper spray on the protesters, the report said.

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