Top Chinese official heckled by protesters

A senior Chinese official was heckled by angry Hong Kong protesters yesterday as he defended Beijing's landmark decision to control which candidates can stand in the city's next leadership election.

As Mr Li Fei, a member of the top committee of China's rubber-stamp parliament, approached the lectern to speak at the Asia World Expo convention centre, veteran dissident lawmaker Leung Kwok Hung started shouting him down, his fist raised.

He was then joined by a dozen pro-democracy lawmakers.

The meeting was briefly suspended, while security officers removed the hecklers.

Footage broadcast on Cable TV showed police spraying protesters outside the hall where Mr Li was speaking with what appeared to be pepper spray. - AFP.