The motorcade of visiting Chinese state leader Zhang Dejiang was spotted travelling in the wrong direction while heading to the Science Park on Wednesday.

Zhang, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, was visiting the Tai Po facility to look at Hong Kong’s work on innovation and technology.

Mr Tse, who works at the Science Park, told Apple Daily that he saw the motorcade from the Photonics Centre on Science Park Road when the cars were near the Water Sports Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Zhang Dejiang’s motorcade driving in the opposite direction from the approved traffic flow.

The police told the newspaper that they were responsible for ensuring the state leader was safe during his Hong Kong visit, and that events planned for the visit were conducted in a safe and orderly manner.

The police added that they would provide suitable protection to the NPCSC chairman, including giving escorts for him personally and in traffic. They said temporary traffic diversions and short-term crowd management measures, which may change normal pedestrian access, could occur.

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Electric car chargers temporarily blocked. Photo: Facebook/Tesla Guide HK

In a related incident at the Science Park, drivers of electric cars complained that the police temporarily blocked access to four car chargers.

“What safety issue could charging a car cause?” one user asked on a Facebook group for electric car drivers.

“It’s interfering with our lives when we cannot charge the cars, what’s the reason?” another said. “I am simply a normal citizen, a leader is also just a citizen, I don’t think the appearance of a leader should unreasonably sacrifice the interests of citizens.”

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Zhang Dejiang at the banquet. Photo: GovHK.

Rule of law

At a banquet hosted by the government in his honour, Zhang talked about the Hong Kong independence movement, saying that no one should be above the law and no one who breaks the law should escape legal punishment.

He said he hoped the Hong Kong government and law enforcement agencies will do their duty to uphold the rule of law and that they will enforce the law with justice.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.