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Independence talk not allowed on govt premises: CE

2018-10-02 HKT 12:07
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  • The CE said it was 'deeply regrettable' that three security guards were hurt during scuffles with protesters on Monday. File photo: RTHK
    The CE said it was 'deeply regrettable' that three security guards were hurt during scuffles with protesters on Monday. File photo: RTHK
Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday defended the authorities' decision to prevent a demonstrator from entering part of the government's headquarters during a protest because he was carrying a placard promoting independence for Hong Kong.

Security guards and police officers blocked the protester from entering Civic Square following a National Day protest on Monday, leading to scuffles.

The protester's banner read "Hong Kong will become China if it doesn't become independent".

Before going into Tuesday's Executive Council meeting, Lam said it is absolutely unacceptable for people to make such calls on government property.

She said it was totally reasonable for security guards to stop the protester from entering the forecourt, adding that it was “deeply regrettable” that three guards had been hurt during the scuffles with protesters.

Reporters asked Lam whether she plans to introduce Article 23 national security legislation soon. She said only that the government will do so when the time is right.