October 16, 2019 / 3:16 AM / 2 months ago

Hong Kong leader halts policy speech as lawmakers disrupt session

HONG KONG, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam was forced to halt her annual policy address on Wednesday after some lawmakers disrupted the session, shouting and jeering as she started her speech.

Lam was due to announce a raft of property initiatives in a bid to restore confidence in her administration after more than four months of anti-government protests.

Beijing-backed Lam, who has rejected calls for her to stand down, was due to present her third policy address as escalating violence has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its biggest political crisis in decades.

Reporting By Donny Kwok, Clare Jim, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Darren Schuettler

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