Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Debate Begins

The police brought in lots of equipment into the Legislative Council yesterday
So it has come to this -- today is the start of the debate in the Legislative Council on the political reform package presented by the government.

If all 70 members use their allotted time of 15 minutes, the vote could happen on Friday.

This morning tensions were high. It was reported 200 police officers were stationed inside Legco in case any radicals planned to storm the building. Legco President Jasper Tsang Yok-sing allowed them in, after the police suggested heightened security would ensure people's safety.

Today pan-democrats presented "no" ballot boxes at Legco
Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said the presence of police in the building damaged the council's independence, while Civic Party leader Alan Leong said the security checks made him feel like he was boarding a flight.

Meanwhile there are hundreds of people of various stripes camped outside Legco telling lawmakers to either support or vote down the package.

All we can do is wait to see what happens...

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