Pro-in­de­pen­dence law­mak­ers dragged

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

Photo: AFP

Newly elected law­maker Bag­gio Le­ung (cen­tre) is res­trained by se­cu­rity per­son­nel af­ter at­tempt­ing to read out his Leg­isla­tive Council oath yes­ter­day.

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