Pro-independence lawmakers dragged
TWO lawmakers who want Hong Kong to split from China wrestled with security in parliament yesterday, with one of them dragged from the chamber, as fears grow Beijing will step in over the saga.
There are widespread concerns in the semi-autonomous city that China is tightening its grip, fuelling an independence movement.
In the third consecutive week of chaos in the Hong Kong legislature, pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching entered the chamber despite being banned from doing so, pending the result of a judicial review into whether they can take up their seats.
Ms Yau ran up to the lectern at the front, set up her own microphone and proceeded to read out her longdelayed oath of office.
She was then surrounded by female members of the parliament security detail and carried from the chamber when she tried to resist.
Newly elected lawmaker Baggio Leung (centre) is restrained by security personnel after attempting to read out his Legislative Council oath yesterday.