The government’s opening salvo to promote its political reform plan ended in chaos on Wednesday night as pro-democracy protesters disrupted a speech by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.
After announcing the plan on Wednesday morning, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, along with Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam, went to Mei Foo to promote the controversial proposal for universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election.
Leung, who was not on the list of participating officials prepared by the Information Services Department for media, joined the so-called Political Reform Trio at the venue of the presentation.
“I can see that [Lam] has been speaking from morning till night so I brought her some honey to help her soothe her throat,” Leung told the audience on stage.
He urged the crowd to support the political blueprint, saying it is a big step for Hong Kong people to realize their desire for genuine universal suffrage.
However, as soon as Leung showed up on the stage, many protesters in the audience, including members of the student activist group Scholarism and pan-democratic parties, began heckling him, asking him how he could have a clear conscience.
As Leung led supporters in chanting “Make it happen in 2017”, protesters countered with their own slogans: “Leung, step down!” and “I want genuine universal suffrage!”.
Leung, who had said earlier on Wednesday that “a district visit has never been a problem for me”, left after being on the stage for less than 20 minutes, visibly upset.
Several protesters inserted yellow leaflets in Leung’s departing car as dozens of policemen tried to push them away, leading to chaos.
The leaflets read “I want genuine universal suffrage” and “Make a joke happen”.
A Lufsig, the stuffed toy wolf that has become a symbol of protest against Leung’s administration, was thrown on the roof of the chief executive’s car.
The government is set to launch another large-scale promotional campaign for its political reform plan this Saturday, and Leung will not be present, the report said.
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