Hong Kong 'Wolf' wants more sheep
Hong Kong's Beijing-backed leader has called on residents of the Chinese territory, rocked last year by months of pro-democracy protests, to be like "mild and gentle" sheep.
Chief executive Leung Chun-ying made the appeal in his Lunar New Year message to welcome in the Year of the Sheep, which begins tomorrow.
The message reflects how tensions continue to simmer after the protests ended in December without him offering any concessions to the student-led demonstrators.
"Sheep are widely seen to be mild and gentle animals living peacefully in groups," said Mr Leung, who has been nicknamed the Wolf by critics who regard him as cunning and untrustworthy.
"Last year was no easy ride for Hong Kong. Our society was rife with differences and conflicts. In the coming year, I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep's character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong's future," his statement added.
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters occupied streets across the Asian financial hub for 11 weeks last autumn in what came to be known as the Umbrella Movement, punctuated by violent scuffles with police.
The activists were protesting against Beijing's proposed curbs on planned 2017 elections for Mr Leung's replacement.