Hong Kong lawmakers thrown out of legislative chambers for heckling again

Hong Kong’s legislature suspended a question and answer session with the city’s leader on Thursday after pro-democracy lawmakers repeatedly interrupted her.As Carrie Lam tried to speak, pro-democracy legislators repeatedly interrupted her before they were ejected from the Legislative Council chambers. Lam also left the room after the meeting was adjourned.She was supposed to take questions about her annual policy address, which she delivered by video on Wednesday after similar disruptions.Lam’s speech focused on the housing affordability issue in Hong Kong. According to an official translation of her remarks, Lam said housing is the “toughest livelihood issue” facing the city’s citizens and pledged to make more land available for public housing development.Her package of land and housing initiatives is seen as a bid to restore confidence in the city’s future after months of anti-government protests that have crippled the city and dampened investor sentiment in the Asian financial hub.Hong Kong has been engulfed in more than four months of mass demonstrations, which have grown increasingly violent.On Wednesday, pro-democratic lawmakers shouted “five demands, not one less” at Lam, referencing the protesters’ list of requests. The protests were originally sparked by a bill that would have enabled extradition to mainland China. That legislation has been withdrawn, fulfilling one of the protester demands.Anti-government protesters have been critical of Lam and have previously called for her resignation.This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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