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Rally urges Legco support for rail terminus plans

2017-10-25 HKT 12:20
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  • Protesters say they back the plan to station mainland immigration officers at the West Kowloon terminus of the future high-speed rail line. Photo: RTHK
    Protesters say they back the plan to station mainland immigration officers at the West Kowloon terminus of the future high-speed rail line. Photo: RTHK
  • Demonstrators show support for the government's so-called "co-location" plan for the West Kowloon Station. Photo: RTHK
    Demonstrators show support for the government's so-called "co-location" plan for the West Kowloon Station. Photo: RTHK
Around a hundred people gathered outside Legco on Wednesday to voice their support for the plan to allow mainland officials to enforce national laws at the future West Kowloon high-speed rail station to speed up immigration procedures.

The demonstrators came from various pro-government groups including the DAB, the Federation of Trade Unions and the Voice of Loving Hong Kong,

The rally came as lawmakers were set to debate a non-binding motion put forward by the government to show Legislative Council support for the proposed arrangements.

Wilson Leung, from the Treasure Group, said he could not understand criticism of the plan or concerns it amounts to Hong Kong giving away part of its territory.

"In the past I can probably only go to Shenzhen and then I have to go to other places by bus or by rail. But now I can just go straight to anywhere I like in China just with one high-speed rail," Leung said.

"Hong Kong is a part of China so I do not understand how are we ceding territory. We're a part of one country so it makes no sense."