Thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong for a second day yesterday demanding the immediate resignation of Donald Tsang as the city’s chief executive.
The rally, organized by political group People Power, held up effigies of Hong Kong’s leader and railed against Tsang’s alleged acceptance of favors from local tycoons.
Protesters took to the streets again after a march through the city attracted more than 2,500 people on March 3. Hong Kong’s anti-corruption bureau has begun its first-ever probe into a chief executive, investigating overseas trips that Tsang took on luxury yachts and private jets from local business people. Tsang is due to retire in four months, after six years in office, when a new leader is selected on March 25.
“The chief executive has breached the anti-bribery ordinance and we demand that he step down immediately,” Christopher Lau, chairman of People Power, said. “We are also protesting against the small circle election for chief executive for the next term. It is unfair and we demand universal suffrage.”
Hong Kong’s leader will be chosen by a 1,200-member election committee from three candidates. Former Financial Secretary Henry Tang suffered a blow to his campaign last month when local newspapers reported that his wife had built a 209- square-meter (2,250-square-foot) basement containing a wine cellar, wine-tasting room, and movie theater, without obtaining government approval. The popularity of rivals Leung Chun-ying and Albert Ho has surged.
Between 4,500 and 5,000 people attended the latest demonstration, according to Lau. A police officer on the scene who declined to give his name put the number of protesters at about 3,000. Two phone calls and an e-mail seeking confirmation from the police’s public relations branch were not immediately returned.
People Power is planning another protest on the day of the election, Lau said.
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