Objects thrown at HK Chief amid pro-democracy protest

(AP)

Pro-democracy Hong Kong politicians threw a glass at Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday as they held signs calling for democratic reform in the region.

Footage broadcast by Hong Kong Cable TV showed security surround the protesting legislators before a glass, among other objects, was thrown at Leung.

The glass smashed near Leung, but did not hit him. The chief executive then calmly walked over, picked up a piece of it and placed it on the podium before addressing the chamber.

Security dragged a number of the protesters out of the chamber before Leung said he urged “all of society to take this incident seriously and keep an eye on developments.”

“I just want to insult Leung Chun-ying, it’s simple,” said one of the protesting legislators Raymond Wong Yuk-man. “This guy only got 689 votes, what kind of qualification does he have to rule Hong Kong?”

An estimated 510,000 people turned out for a protest march on Tuesday, marking Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997.

And in a rare scene of disorder, Hong Kong authorities cleared out hundreds of protesters who blocked part of the city’s financial district early on Wednesday.

The events are a high-profile reflection of rising anxiety over Beijing’s tightening grip on the little enclave of incomplete democracy at the southeastern edge of Communist China.

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