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Govt urged to use budget to ease protest woes

2020-01-22 HKT 13:16
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  • Pro-democracy district councillors call for the five demands of anti-government protesters before going into a meeting with the financial secretary. Photo: RTHK
    Pro-democracy district councillors call for the five demands of anti-government protesters before going into a meeting with the financial secretary. Photo: RTHK
The chairs and vice-chairs of the city's district councils met Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Wednesday ahead of next month's budget, calling for cash handouts for some of those hardest hit by Hong Kong's months of protests.

Most of those at the meeting with Chan were from the pro-democracy camp, which dominates 17 of the 18 district councils since last November's polls.

They said the government should give cash to workers affected by the protests, such as those in the tourism and catering sectors.

They also suggested funding for schools, elderly care homes and other facilities affected by police tear gas to buy protective gear and pay cleaning fees.

The chairwoman of Wan Chai District Council, Clarisse Yeung, said cleaners too have been struggling due to all the tear gas fired.

"They're lacking the suitable method to help to clean the city, that's all the aftermath of the government's choice but the government is not making the right decision to deal with the problem," she said.

While both sides promised not to quote each other's remarks at the meeting, the pro-democracy district councillors said they felt that Chan and other officials did not want to work with them.

They were also unhappy that Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah told them that officials will continue to walk out of meetings if councillors insult them or do "anything unlawful".