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Wed Jan 7, 2015, 02:55 AM


Pro-democracy lawmakers walk out of Hong Kong council

Source: AP

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong walked out of the chamber Wednesday to protest the government's intention to stick with a proposal to screen candidates for the city's top executive in 2017, an issue that sparked massive street protests throughout the fall.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, the city's No. 2 official, opened a second consultation on the electoral process by addressing the territory's Legislative Council. Lawmakers aligned with the pro-democracy movement calling for free elections immediately protested by raising yellow umbrellas — symbols of the protests— and walked out.

Pro-democracy legislators hold 40 percent of seats, enough to block the election plan.

They accuse leaders in Hong Kong and mainland China of breaking promises to let the city choose its chief executive through universal suffrage. The central Chinese government had pledged such a vote when the 7-million-people financial hub was handed from colonial British to Chinese rule in 1997, under a form of autonomy dubbed "one country, two systems."

"I urge the members to think twice and not completely destroy the limited space for political discussion even before the second consultation has started," Lam said to a half-empty chamber. "Many of my friends feel extreme pessimism whether this proposal of universal suffrage can be passed. ... We will make our best endeavors until the last moment."

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