District Council Meetings Disrupted By Protests

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2019-07-11 HKT 17:46

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  • Protesters shout slogans at a Yau Tsim Mong district council meeting. Photo: RTHK

    Protesters shout slogans at a Yau Tsim Mong district council meeting. Photo: RTHK

  • Protesters with anti-extradition bill placards at the Kwai Tsing district council meeting. Photo: RTHK

    Protesters with anti-extradition bill placards at the Kwai Tsing district council meeting. Photo: RTHK

Two district councils were on Thursday forced to end their meetings early after they were disrupted by anti-extradition protests.

At the Yau Tsim Mong and the Kwai Tsing district councils, pro-democracy councillors' made requests to discuss the extradition bill controversy, but they were turned down by pro-government chairmen Chris Ip and Law King-shing respectively.

Pro-democracy councillors also asked to observe one minute of silence in memory of the four people whose deaths have been linked to the anti-extradition movement.

But Ip said the council will pay tribute to the victim of a Taiwan murder case that triggered the now-suspended extradition bill, as well as “any recent incidents or anybody”.

At the Kwai Tsing council, Law only agreed to pay tribute to the murder victim.

Protesters at the public galleries at both meetings chanted slogans and raised placards protesting these decisions.

Both the councils eventually had to end the meetings early, and Ip was escorted away by police officers.