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Legco chief rebuffs attempts to discuss Liu Xiaobo

2017-07-12 HKT 22:57
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  • Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung says it's unreasonable not to allow legislators to discuss the plight of mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo. File photo: RTHK
    Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung says it's unreasonable not to allow legislators to discuss the plight of mainland dissident Liu Xiaobo. File photo: RTHK
The Legislative Council's President, Andrew Leung, has rejected seven separate attempts by pan-democrats on Wednesday to move motions to adjourn the Legislative Council meeting so that members could hold a debate over the condition of the terminally ill Nobel lauriate, Liu Xiaobo.

Leung did not give an explanation for his decision.

Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung, one of the seven pan-dems who moved the motions, described Leung's stance as unreasonable.

"He basically categorically banned any motion that has to do with Liu Xiaobo, which is ridiculous," Cheung said, adding that there were no rules prohibiting the discussion of any particular person.

The hospital in Shenyang which is treating Liu said earlier on Wednesday that he is suffering respiratory failure and “is dying”.

The 61-year-old – who has been in detention since 2008 over his political activities – has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer.