Date
24 September 2017
Hong Kong is looking at new measures to boost security at the Legco building after protesters stormed the complex earlier this year. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong is looking at new measures to boost security at the Legco building after protesters stormed the complex earlier this year. Photo: HKEJ

Govt mulls proposals to boost security at Legco building

The government is looking at fencing key areas at the Legislative Council (Legco) building with metal railings as part of efforts to beef up security, Ming Pao Daily reported.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Architectural Services Department proposed to set up 3-meter-high railings at the Legco building exit that faces the government headquarters, the report said.

The department also recommended putting up a 3-meter-high wooden fence outside the restaurants in the Legco complex as well as at the passageway connecting to the Tamar Park, it said.

In addition, a security consultancy firm hired by the Legco proposed that a 1.2-meter-high iron fence be set up at the Legco complex.

The recommendations came after protestors stormed the Legco building in June to express their opposition to a controversial new-town project in the northeastern New Territories.

The proposed new security measures have come under fire from pro-democracy groups.

Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, was quoted as saying that no matter how high the “walls”, people will continue to express their feelings.

The new proposals only show that some Legco members are out of touch with society, he said.

A spokesman from the Architectural Services Department told the paper that the security measures are under technical feasibility study. The Legco, meanwhile, said the proposals are still under discussion.

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