HONG KONG: Hong Kong lawmakers on Thursday pelted Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying with objects including a glass of water, while others shouted and held up signs demanding democratic reforms in the former British colony.

The incident within the Legislative Council came a day after hundreds of police dragged pro-democracy activists from the Central business district and arrested more than 500.

The glass did not hit Leung, but shattered when it hit the floor. Leung, who nervously sipped water after the incident, accused legislators of using “abusive language” and taking “increasingly radical actions”.

During an annual demonstration on July 1 to mark the 17th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, hundreds of thousands of marchers called on Leung to resign, saying he has failed to serve the people of the Asian financial centre.