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?Hong Kong’s chief executive urged the city’s residents to be like sheep on Wednesday, as the city gears up for the start of the Year of the Sheep.

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In his annual Chinese New Year message Leung Chun-ying said that “sheep are widely seen to be mild and gentle animals living peacefully in groups.”

He said residents should “take inspiration from the sheep’s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong’s future.”

The Chinese zodiac describes people born in the year of the sheep or goat, as loyal, docile and compassionate. But the sheep is also commonly used to describe people who follow blindly.

“I don’t think he is saying we should follow like sheep. I think he refers to the virtues of sheep,” Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing was quoted as saying.

“[But] then he himself is doing exactly the opposite to provoke so much confrontation and he is tearing the society apart. It’s very contradictory and duplicitous.”

The previous year of the horse was full of turmoil for the former British colony, as protestors occupied streets for more than two months to protest plans by China to maintain control over the nomination process for the city’s chief executive.

Protestors were demanding open nominations of candidates for the 2017 election.

GNA

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