Date
24 November 2017
If plans don't miscarry, the Legislative Council building will be sporting three-meter hoardings and roll-up steel gates behind glass walls. Photo: CNSA
If plans don't miscarry, the Legislative Council building will be sporting three-meter hoardings and roll-up steel gates behind glass walls. Photo: CNSA

Hoardings, steel gates eyed for Legco building

Three-meter hoardings and roll-up steel gates are being considered to beef up security in the Legislative Council building.

These will be installed behind glass walls to deter attacks, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday, citing the Legco Commission.

The commission is proposing a color alert system, where red means police will be called in to maintain order, and closed-circuit television monitors with voice recording.

All visitors, staff and journalists will undergo security checks before they are allowed into the building, according to the proposal.

Legislator Alan Leong said pan-democrats have yet to discuss the proposal, pending a briefing by Kenneth Chen, secretary general of the Legco scretariat.

He said Legco does not have to copy the security arrangements for Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s unpopular leader.

Democratic Party legislator Albert Ho said he is opposed to any attempt to turn the Legco building into a “bird cage” and make it inaccessible to the public.

And Ip Kwok-him of the pro-establishment Democratic Alliance of the Betterment of Hong Kong said Legco should remain open to people but security should be bolstered after protesters tried to storm the building last year.

The building, which also houses the Chief Executive Office, and its vicinity were ground zero of the protests which grew into a 79-day occupation of major streets.

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