World

China seizes 8,000 rolls of toilet paper printed with image of embattled Hong Kong chief

  • Rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying are shown by Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei at his office in Hong Kong Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Lo said Saturday Chinese authorities seized about 8,000 rolls of the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of the tissue paper, just ahead of Chinese New Year’s when the rolls would have been sold. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying are shown by Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei at his office in Hong Kong Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Lo said Saturday Chinese authorities seized about 8,000 rolls of the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of the tissue paper, just ahead of Chinese New Year’s when the rolls would have been sold. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei shows off rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at his office in Hong Kong Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Lo said Saturday Chinese authorities seized about 8,000 rolls of the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of the tissue paper, just ahead of Chinese New Year’s when the rolls would have been sold. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei shows off rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at his office in Hong Kong Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Lo said Saturday Chinese authorities seized about 8,000 rolls of the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of the tissue paper, just ahead of Chinese New Year’s when the rolls would have been sold. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei poses with rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at his office in Hong Kong Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Lo said Saturday Chinese authorities seized about 8,000 rolls of the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of the tissue paper, just ahead of Chinese New Year’s when the rolls would have been sold. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Hong Kong Democratic Party Vice Chairman Lo Kin-hei poses with rolls of toilet paper and packages of tissue paper printed with images of pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at his office in Hong Kong Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Lo said Saturday Chinese authorities seized about 8,000 rolls of the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of the tissue paper, just ahead of Chinese New Year’s when the rolls would have been sold. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

An official of the Hong Kong Democratic Party says Chinese authorities have seized about 8,000 rolls of toilet paper printed with the image of the territory's pro-Beijing chief executive, Leung Chun-ying.

Lo Kin-hei, a vice chairman of the liberal party, said Saturday that police seized the toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of tissue paper from a factory in the Chinese city of Shenzhen where a friend of the party placed the order to obscure the party as the true buyer.

Lo said no reason was given for the seizure. He said the rolls were to be sold during Chinese New Year's, later this month.

The move comes after Beijing clamped down on recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong that criticized Leung.