Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying got booed by the crowd at the Sha Tin Racecourse on Saturday as he was presenting the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s 130th Anniversary Cup.
A 28-year-old man surnamed Tsang was arrested after he allegedly threw six eggs at Leung. None of the eggs landed on Leung, although a woman working for the Jockey Club was hit, the newspaper said.
The incident happened as the Hong Kong leader was being escorted to the stage, which was set near the finish post of the racetrack, at around 2:30 p.m. About 70,000 racegoers attended the ceremony.
Tsang, who was wearing a mask, started throwing the eggs as loud chants of “CY, step down!” and “I want genuine universal suffrage!” rose from the public stands.
Tsang later said he is a research student at the University of Hong Kong with no political affiliation.
Police said Tsang was arrested for common assault, behaving in a disorderly manner in public and possessing an instrument fit for an unlawful purpose. He was released on bail on Saturday night.
Another young man was also taken away by the police for showing the message “I want a genuine universal suffrage” on his tablet device. He was released shortly afterwards.
Professor Ma Ngok of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said the incident showed growing public dissatisfaction with the Leung administration.
He said public sentiment towards Leung has dimmed, with his rating plunging to the level seen by former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa just before he stepped down.
Despite such embarrassing situations, Ma advised Leung not to avoid public occasions to show to the public that he is willing to listen to them.
Meanwhile, Leung and his wife Regina Tong were seen shopping at a motorbike accessories shop in To Kwa Wan on Sunday.
According to pictures uploaded on the internet, the couple were accompanied by an unnamed woman who was trying out a helmet. Netizens thought the other woman was their daughter Leung Chai-yan.
Some netizens kidded that the mother and daughter were looking for a helmet for the Chief Executive’s use as he is about to deliver his policy address on Wednesday and opposition lawmakers might throw objects at him.
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