示威者包圍立法會 林鄭未能發表《施政報告》 Carrie Lam’s Policy Address Aborted as Protesters Surround Legislature
今早立法會復會，特首林鄭於早上11時於會上發表她任內第三份《施政報告》，網民呼籲到場示威，包圍立法會。林鄭宣讀數句後，即因在民主派抗議下，立法會休會，林鄭未能宣讀並離開立法會，要下午播錄像。… Continue reading
The Legislative Council resumes meeting this morning. Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivers her third Policy Address at the meeting at 11 am. Netizens called for protests and surround the Legislative Council building to end the system violence of the legislature, and reaffirm 5 demands, not one less, withdraw the mask ban law and abolish the emergency law!
The Government has comprehensively strengthened the security of the Legislative Council a few days ago. It has set up huge barricades outside the Legislative Council, Tamar Park and the Chief Executive’s Office, and a large number of riot police have been deployed, ready for expected conflicts.
The League of Social Democrats and protesters marched from Admiralty Station, to the Legislative Council Building, carrying a giant banner “Citizens Masked Carrie Lam Heartless”. They were stopped midway by police but was allowed to proceed after protest was agreed by senior police. The protesters led by disqualified legislator Leung Kwok-hung (Long Hair) protested before the Legislative Council.
In this context, Carrie Lam read the Policy Address, but after a few sentences, it was interrupted by protests by pan-democrat legislators. Legislative Council Chairman Leung Kwan-yin announced the adjournment of the meeting because of the protests. Carrie Lam was unable to continue and left the Legislative Council.and the Policy Address have to be video-broadcasted later.
However, Carrie Lam indicated that the Policy Address will focus on improving people’s livelihood and attempt to solve the current deep-rooted problems of the society and restore people’s confidence on the one country, two systems with land and housing issues, but without discussing political issues. That means there will be no response to demands for genuine universal suffrage.
Legislator Charles Mok said that without institutional reforms, even if government spend lots of money, they will not be able to get out of the predicament. “Young people and supporters hope that the struggle for democracy and freedom will lead to democratic universal suffrage.” If the government does not respond to the 5 demands, the policy address has no effect at all.