Date
11 December 2017
LegCo president Jasper Tsang says the people involved in Wednesday's break-in at the legislature may not be the Occupy protesters. Photos: inmediahk, HKEJ
LegCo president Jasper Tsang says the people involved in Wednesday's break-in at the legislature may not be the Occupy protesters. Photos: inmediahk, HKEJ

LegCo chief agrees break-in culprits may not be Occupy activists

Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, president of the Legislative Council, said there is no plan to clear out the protest area outside the LegCo building despite Wednesday’s break-in by a group of people.

“We don’t plan to use the break-in incident to launch a clearance operation,” Tsang said, according to RTHK.

He strongly condemned the assault at the LegCo complex, but agreed that the attackers may not be the pro-democracy protesters who have been camped out in the streets since late September.

A small group of people used metal barricades and concrete tiles to smash through a glass side door at the LegCo building in the early hours of Wednesday. 

It took some time for the police to arrive at the scene as they needed to make a detour from Tamar park to avoid passing through the Occupy protest site, Tsang noted.

To ensure the safety of lawmakers, the LegCo decided to cancel all meetings Wednesday. Activities will resume on Thursday.

Tsang said a consultant who has been reviewing the security arrangements at the legislature has suggested that a three-meter high metal fence be erected around the building to enhance security. The government is yet to make a final decision on the matter, he said.

The official, meanwhile, called for legal action against the people involved in Wednesday’s break-in.

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