Date
4 December 2016
Lau Siu-lai (inset) says pro-Beijing groups are messing things up in Hong Kong. The shoe-thrower is confronted by members of the public. He left before police arrived. Photo: HKEJ, YouTube, Facebook/siulai.hk
Lau Siu-lai (inset) says pro-Beijing groups are messing things up in Hong Kong. The shoe-thrower is confronted by members of the public. He left before police arrived. Photo: HKEJ, YouTube, Facebook/siulai.hk

Lau Siu-lai hit with shoe during outdoor forum

A man threw a shoe at legislator-elect Lau Siu-lai after she called Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying the “father of Hong Kong independence”.

Lau was apparently unhurt but she went to Ruttonjee Hospital later to check for any injuries, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The incident took place during a break in City Forum, an outdoor public affairs program hosted by RTHK.

The shoe-thrower is being sought by the police. They are treating the incident as assault.

He was wearing a blue cap with the logo of pro-Beijing group Defend Hong Kong Campaign.

The group’s chairman, Fu Chun-chung, said he had met the man two days earlier but denied he is member of his organization.

The group issued a statement condemning violence.

Lau continued to participate in the forum despite saying the impact of the shoe on her breast and arms was “quite strong”.

In a Facebook post, she accused pro-Beijing groups of messing things up in Hong Kong.   

Lau is an instructor in the Hong Kong Community College of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is the founder of Democracy Groundwork.

She is yet to be sworn in after a chaotic oath-taking three weeks ago left five lawmakers-elect unable to take their seats in the chamber. 

The swearing-in was further held up by two adjournments including a walkout.  

In a statement, RTHK urged people to refrain from violence and accept different political opinions.

Go to video (in Chinese)

– Contact us at [email protected]

TL/AC/RA

EJI Weekly Newsletter