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    Oct 03, 2014

    HK chief's daughter 'mocks' taxpayers


    THE daughter of Hong Kong's Chief Executive has allegedly posted disparaging remarks about the territory's taxpayers, even as pro-democracy protesters called for her father to step down.

    Leung Chai Yan, daughter of Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying, apparently posted on Facebook on Wednesday that a necklace she wore in a profile photo was bought at the upmarket Lane Crawford store and "funded by all you HK taxpayers".

    "So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!" the 23-year-old was also cited by the South China Morning Post as saying.

    Her post was seemingly made in response to comments about her necklace.

    Ms Leung also criticised what appeared to be her critics, noting that "most of you here are probably unemployed".

    Her Facebook page was down as of yesterday afternoon.

    Ms Leung is no stranger to controversy. She criticised her mother on Facebook in July for lacking "courage and loyalty".

    Her recent post has not helped matters in Hong Kong. Tensions rose yesterday after police were seen unloading boxes of tear gas and rubber bullets close to the city's besieged government headquarters as the authorities urged pro-democracy demonstrators to disperse "as soon as possible", AFP reported.

    Protesters shut down central areas of southern Hong Kong with a mass sit-in and gave Mr Leung until midnight to step down, or face escalated action.

    Last month, China said Hong Kongers would be able to vote for their next leader in 2017 but only those vetted by a loyalist committee would be allowed to stand - something demonstrators have dismissed as "fake democracy".

    Confrontations have occurred between protesters and the police outside central government offices.

    "The government and the police appeal to those who are gathering outside the police headquarters, central government offices and Chief Executive's office not to block the access there and to disperse peacefully as soon as possible," the government said in a statement.

    The police carried long wooden boxes and metal barrels into the legislative headquarters, as angry protesters tried to block their path.

    Pictures shared widely on social media and television showed one barrel with the words "Round, 38mm rubber baton multi" on it. Another had the words "1.5 in, CS", a possible reference to tear gas.

    "If protesters surround government property...causing total blockage, seriously affecting public safety and public order...the police will not allow this violent act to happen," police spokesman Hui Chun Tak said.