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Protesters disrupt suffrage briefing in Hong Kong

Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:27

An official sent by Beijing to Hong Kong to explain a ruling on Hong Kong elections is shouted down by pro-democracy protesters. Katie Sargent reports

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Dozens of pro-democracy activists disrputed a briefing by a senior Chinese official who had been sent to Hong Kong to explain a ruling on Hong Kong's election. Li Fei is the deputy secretary general of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee. On Sunday the committee approved a plan for Hong Kong's 2017 leadership election that would only let two or three candidates vie for the top post, and each of those candidates would have to get majority backing from a nominating committee. Pro-democracy legislator Leung Kwok-Hung was among the protesters at Monday's meeting. 13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEGISLATOR, LEUNG KWOK-HUNG, SAYING: "The Beijing regime tries to devastate what they have promised for the Hong Kong people, One Country Two Systems. I think universal suffrage means there should be no censorship on the candidates on any election." Hong Kong's current chief executive Leung Chun-Ying looked on as activists shouted and held up signs reading "shame" and "dishonesty." They were escorted -- and in some cases carried -- out of the meeting. They have vowed to bring the city's financial center to a standstill with Occupy Central protests. Some of the "occupy" leaders were in the audience. Li said the movement is illegal and if it's allowed to go forward will only lead to more illegal activities. He said Beijing approved the election plan to protect the rule of law and safeguard Hong Kong's long term stability.

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Protesters disrupt suffrage briefing in Hong Kong

Monday, September 01, 2014 - 01:27