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CY Leung Postpones Legco Q&A Session as Protests Goes on
   2014-10-16 06:59:51    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo

Hong Kong's Legislative Council has reopened as scheduled after the summer break.

However, the Chief Executive's question-and-answer session, originally scheduled for today, is being postponed for security reasons.

CRI's Hong Kong correspondent Li Jing has the story.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung says he has cancelled plans to appear in the Legislative Council on Thursday due to security concerns.

"We don't think that the time is right to hold the question-and-answer session, after considering the security evaluation. I don't want my presence in the session to provoke a mass gathering, which would cut-off traffic and affect the operations of government organizations and the Legislative Council."

As a standard practice, the Chief Executive attends the Q&A Session four times a year, and CY Leung says he will reschedule it when the circumstances improve.

At the same time, Hong Kong police have launched an investigation into the alleged beating of a protester, in which seven officers have been identified.

Some lawmakers label the attack as illegal punishment.

Chief Superintendent of Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch Steve Hui says the police will handle the complaint in a just and impartial manner.

"The investigation results will be submitted to the Independent Police Complaints Council for scrutiny. If there is any criminality revealed, we will proceed with the case in accordance with the law. The officers concerned will be removed from their current duties."

Police attempts to clear the barricades have won the support of transport unions, as they themselves have decided not to press ahead with a plan to demolish road barricades installed by the occupiers.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam says the Government is liaising with students to reopen talks on constitutional development through an intermediary.

"Hopefully, we can find a common basis, so that we would have a constructive, frank and direct dialogue that would take the matter forward with regard to the 2017 election of a Chief Executive through universal suffrage."

Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing also released a statement, urging protesters to leave the streets as they have already made themselves heard.

For CRI, this is Li Jing in Hong Kong.



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