Agency, 16 October : Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced to suspend her annual address after being heckled in the city’s parliament. Opposition lawmakers disrupted the session from the start by shouting and projecting slogans.
After a first interruption, the session briefly resumed to only be interrupted again. It was then adjourned a second time – with the address delivered by pre-recorded video instead.
Hong Kong has experienced months of anti-government protests. Parliament resumed on Wednesday for the first time since it was stormed by protesters in July.
The Legislative Council (Legco) was expected to officially withdraw the extradition bill that sparked the protests. The withdrawal will only be possible once Legco resumes.
As the city’s chief executive was about to begin her speech, opposition lawmakers projected the slogan “Five demands – not one less” on the wall behind her.
Since the protests began in June, they have widened from rallies against the extradition bill to five key demands – including universal suffrage.
Ms Lam’s interrupted speech came just hours after US lawmakers supported Hong Kong’s protesters by passing a bill aimed at upholding human rights in the city.
After the assembly was suspended a second time, the speech was made available as a video on the Legco website – instead of live from the parliament chamber.
Opposition lawmaker Tanya Chan said Ms Lam was to blame for the city’s troubles. “Both her hands are soaked with blood,” she said. “We hope Carrie Lam withdraws and quits. She has no governance ability. She is not suitable to be chief executive.”
Pro-establishment lawmakers condemned the interruption of the session – saying the address was important for the city’s economic future.
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