HIGH TIDE (APRIL 27TH 2015) – DAILY POLITICAL ROUND-UP

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Enforcement on PSB charge; Pan-dems’ publicity campaign; Eight arrested after clashes in Mongkok. Photo Credit: Chris Lusher


 

Politics (Gov’t & LegCo)

CY Leung promotes Hong Kong at ASEAN forum.
– CY Leung promoted Hong Kong’s role as a super-connector between the mainland and the world, as well as the city’s financial services for China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiatives at the 12th ASEAN Leadership Forum and the following dinner with business leaders
– Leung confirmed that talks with ASEAN on a Free Trade Agreement is progressing well and is expected to be concluded in the coming year

Immediate enforcement action against PSB contraventions set to start. 
– The Environmental Protection Department reminded retailers that strict enforcement on plastic shopping bag charging will be taken starting from May 1, meaning that retailers bleaching the regulation no longer receive prior verbal warnings and will immediately face a penalty charge of HKD2,000 or even prosecution proceedings
– It was reported that 7,000 retail outlets were inspected with 62 verbal warnings issued between April 1 and 25

Politics (general)

Pan-dems start publicity campaign against political reform.
– Pan-dems kicked out their own campaign against “pocket it first” which will last for six to eight weeks
– 17 out of 23 pan-dem lawmakers attended the launch of the campaign in Wai Chai with Civic Party’s Ronny Tong and Dennis Kwok, Neo Democrats’ Gary Fan, Democratic Party’s James To, Labour Party’s Cheung Kwok-che and Education legislator Ip Kin-yuen found missing
– Civic Party’s Alan Leong said they will use cars instead of open-bus in a parade in Kowloon next Sunday

Eight arrested as clashes erupt in Mongkok.
– It was reported (in Chinese) that eight were arrested after the “shopping gang” clashed with Police in Mongkok
– Activists attempted to block Nathan Road and Price Edward Road while pepper sprays were deployed during the arrests
– Seven out of eight activists arrested were charged with assaulting Police staff

Protest outside TPB ahead of meetings on NT development.
– Several concern groups held a march (in Chinese) to the Town Planning Board offices in North Point, protesting against the New Territories new development areas project
– Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung blasted the Government for ignoring the voices of local residents despite receiving thousands of objections against the project
– The Town Planning Board will hold closed meetings today and tomorrow to discuss the subject

The Alliance leads long-distance running to commemorate the Tiananmen Square incident.
– The HK Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China led a 26-kilometre-run to commemorate (in Chinese) the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmem Square crackdown
– About 30 people joint the run from the Chinese University to the Liaison Office
– The troubled Hong Kong Federation of Students will hold (in Chinese) a meeting on next Saturday to discuss if they will join the anniversary event which was opposed by the Baptist University students’ union before it left the group