20 February 2019
Pan-democratic lawmakers walk out of the LegCo chamber, boycotting Leung's policy address. Photo: RTHK
Pan-democratic lawmakers walk out of the LegCo chamber, boycotting Leung's policy address. Photo: RTHK

Pan-democrats boycott Leung speech after noisy protest

Lawmakers from the pan-democratic camp staged a protest as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was preparing to deliver his annual policy address in the Legislative Council Wednesday.

Holding aloft yellow umbrellas — symbols of the recent pro-democracy movement — and banners bearing the message “I want genuine universal suffrage”, the lawmakers shouted slogans before exiting the hall and boycotting the speech of Leung. 

“CY Leung, Step Down” was among the slogans raised by the protesters. 

People Power’s Albert Chan Wai-yip said Leung is a “Hong Kong betrayer” as the leader secretly took a HK$50 million payment from Australian firm UGL. Chan, together People Power’s Raymond Chan Chi-chuen and Independent lawmaker Raymond Wong Yuk-man, were asked by LegCo president Jasper Tsang to leave the chamber.

Proceedings in the LegCo were suspended for several minutes due to the protests, with Leung forced to delay his speech.

When he eventually began his address, Leung reiterated that formulation and development of Hong Kong’s political structure must be based on the Basic Law and the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

“The slogan of ‘Hong Kong shall resolve Hong Kong’s problems’ does not conform with our constitutional arrangements. The Basic Law clearly stipulates that the power to nominate candidates in the Chief Executive election rests only with the nominating committee,” Leung said.

Over the past year, the central authorities and the Hong Kong government repeatedly pointed out that ‘civic nomination’ does not comply with the Basic Law, he said. 

Leung said he hopes the public will make good use of a two-month consultation on Hong Kong’s electoral reform.

“By so doing, five million eligible electors in Hong Kong can select the Chief Executive through ‘one person, one vote’ in 2017,” he said. 

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People Power’s Albert Chan (circled in yellow) holds a cardboard bearing a critical message for CY Leung, who had been embroiled in a controversial payments deal with Australian firm UGL. Photo: RTHK

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