March 23 - Protesters claim both front-runners in the Hong Kong leadership battle are tarnished by scandal. Lily Grimes reports.
An unfriendly welcome for one frontrunner… and the other. Both Henry Tang and Leung Chun-ying are tarnished by scandal. Protesters claim the two main candidates in the battle for the Hong Kong leadership are mired in corruption and say neither is fit for office. The next leader will be chosen on Sunday, however not by the people but by a Beijing election committee. Political analyst Willy Lam says this public discontent increases the pressure for a fuller democracy. (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL ANALYST AND CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG PROFESSOR, WILLY LAM, SAYING: "Most people do not seem to be happy with either of the two candidates, so I think now that there is a strong feeling amongst the public, even the ordinarily passive, apathetic Hong Kong people, that they should fight harder for a real one person, one vote election.'' Whoever wins, thousands are expected to demonstrate on election day Lily Grimes, Reuters