Date
22 October 2019
Priscilla Leung (R), along with several representatives from the legal sector including Maggie Chan (L), announced a petition to condemn the protesters who broke into the Legco complex on Monday. Photo: RTHK News video/screenshot
Priscilla Leung (R), along with several representatives from the legal sector including Maggie Chan (L), announced a petition to condemn the protesters who broke into the Legco complex on Monday. Photo: RTHK News video/screenshot

Lawmaker Priscilla Leung faces taunts after slamming protesters

Pro-establishment lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun faced taunts and jeers from a group of citizens on Wednesday after she denounced extradition bill protesters and the July 1 Legislative Council break-in, saying the demonstrators do not represent all young Hong Kong people.

As Leung was leaving an area outside Legco after attending a press conference, wherein she slammed the protesters for storming the legislature and going on a rampage on Monday, the lawmaker was surrounded by several people.

Referring to her statements and demanding answers on the issues facing Hong Kong, the demonstrators heckled Leung and lobbed several caustic remarks, including questioning her credentials to speak as a representative of Hong Kong people, media reports said.  

Among those who were in the group that accosted her was Figo Chan Ho-hang, deputy convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, which organized the massive demonstrations against the extradition bill on June 9, June 16 and July 1.

After some verbal exchanges, which saw Leung receive scolding from the activists, the lawmaker made her way into the Citic Tower nearby in a bid to free herself from the mob.

However, they kept chasing her and were relentless in their questioning, leaving Leung with no option but to make a dash again for the Legco building and finding refuge there. 

The incident happened after Leung, who is a barrister by profession and is the vice-chairwoman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong, announced a petition to denounce the protesters who broke into the Legco building and indulged in acts of vandalism on Monday.

Accompanied by several representatives from the legal sector, including Maggie Chan Man-ki, who is a member of Wong Tai Sin District Council and a Hong Kong deputy of the National People’s Congress, Leung condemned Monday’s rampage, claiming that it marked the darkest day ever in Legco’s history.

The pro-establishment representatives, in their petition, blasted the protesters for damaging the Legco facilities and defacing the HKSAR emblem and portraits of former legislature presidents.

Such acts had shaken the bottom line of the “one country, two systems” principle, the petition said.

Leung told reporters that the protesters do not represent all the young people of Hong Kong.

“There are many young people, young professionals, who are extremely upset by the rule of law being damaged,” public broadcaster RTHK quoted Leung as saying.

The petition had collected signatures from more than 130 people in the legal sector as of Wednesday noon.

Accosted by protesters on Wednesday afternoon, Leung faced several taunts, with some activists even questioning her right to speak for Hong Kong people.

Following the verbal exchanges and some tense moments, the lawmaker beat a retreat to the Legco compound where she finally found peace. 

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