Chief Executive Accused of Starting ‘Cultural Revolution’ in Hong Kong

Security guards grapple with a pan-democrat attempting to hurl a steamed bun at unpopular Chief Executive Leung. (Image: crntt.com)
Security guards grapple with a pan-democrat attempting to hurl a steamed bun at unpopular Chief Executive Leung. (Image: crntt.com)

For the first time since Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement started at the end of September, embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attended a Legislative Council meeting to give a policy speech on Jan. 15.

However, scuffles broke out before he even opened his mouth, with pan-democrat lawmakers putting up yellow umbrellas, and shouting slogans, according to the South China Morning Post.

Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Labor Party, said: “Are you trying to stir up a Cultural Revolution in Hong Kong? Are those criticisms your only reflection on the youth issue after the Umbrella Movement?”

For several minutes the lawmakers shouted: “Leung Chun-ying, step down! I want genuine universal suffrage!” while China-backed Leung watched on smiling.

Then about 20 pan-democrats filed out of Legco, carrying two yellow protest banners calling for Leung to resign, and shouting: “Shame on you” with their fists in the air.

 

Two lawmakers remained, and kept shouting at Leung til they were escorted out by security.

By this stage they had started throwing objects at the Chief Executive, including steamed buns.

Among those staging the walkout was lawmaker Alan Leong who said Leung hadn’t addressed the people’s demand for democracy, and didn’t deserve their respect, or the right to give a policy address.

He added that the walkout was to show their “unreserved and unequivocal discontentment” with the administration.

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