“Aggressive Protesters Surround Hong Kong’s Legislative Council As HKTV Vote Is Delayed”, published in Vagabond Journey on November 6, 2013
The vote on a measure to investigate the Hong Kong Television licensing dispute was delayed Wednesday night as tens of thousands of protesters rallied outside the Legislative Council Complex and HKTV supporters clashed with pro-government demonstrators.
Pan-democrat legislator Raymond Wong emerged from the LegCo chamber after 8 pm to applause from his supporters and announced that the vote would be delayed until 11 am Thursday morning. Charles Mok, the sponsor of the measure to investigate why HKTV was denied a broadcasting license, had warned before hand that the pro-establishment legislators might “deliberately delay” the vote with speeches.
It was an anti-climatic ending to what had been a raucous night of speeches, flag waving, and a brief conflict between the overwhelmingly pro- pan-democrat side and a small contingent of pro-establishment protesters.
Mitchell Blatt is a travel writer, editor, and columnist based in China. He is an author of two guidebooks, Panda Guides Hong Kong and Panda Guides China. He has been published in National Interest.org, The Korea Times, Roads & Kingdoms, Vagabond Journey, The Hill.com, City Weekend, Silkwinds and The World of Chinese, among other outlets. See examples of his published articles.