Hong Kong to debate divisive reforms
June 16, 2015 6:10 pm
Hong Kong’s government is set to present a controversial political reform package ahead of a much-anticipated vote later this week.
Protesters are gathering outside the city’s Legislative Council building.
The package will for the first time give citizens the right to vote for its chief executive, in 2017. But candidates will be vetted by a pro-Beijing committee.
Last September the city saw weeks of large-scale pro-democracy protests.
Hundreds of activists, comprising of pro-democracy and pro-Beijing supporters, are outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) premises waving banners and shouting slogans.
The South China Morning Post reported that police have stationed at least 200 officers within the building and deployed another 1,000 outside.