published: 2017-02-12 16:03:42 (5 Feb 2017) Protesters marched toward the residence of candidate for chief executive Carrie Lam in Hong Kong on Sunday. Former Chief Secretary Lam publicly declared her intention to run for the job of leading the city of 7.2 million in January. The incumbent Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying is deeply unpopular and announced last month that he would not seek another term, citing family reasons. Like Leung, Lam is seen as pro-Beijing. Protesters on Sunday chanted they did not want “another version” of Leung and demanded the Hong Kong people elect its own chief executive.
Hong Kong leaders are chosen by a 1,200-member panel of mostly pro-Beijing tycoons and elites, which is scheduled to make its pick in March.