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Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 18:10

LegCo adjourned as separatist duo refuse to leave

By Willa Wu and Li Yinze
LegCo adjourned as separatist duo refuse to leave
Yau Wai-ching (right) and Leung Chung-hang at the Hong Kong Legislative Council on Oct 26, 2016. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)

HONG KONG - A standoff erupted at the Legislative Council Wednesday morning as two separatist lawmakers-elect – denied a second chance to take the oath of office - forced their way into the chamber demanding to be heard.

Encircled by the opposition lawmakers, Yau Wai-ching and Leung Chung-hang from the localist party Youngspiration stormed into the chamber and refused to heed an order to leave from LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen.

Separatist lawmakers-elect Yau Wai-ching & Leung Chung-hang stormed into the chamber and refused to heed an order to leave

Opposition lawmakers, swarmed around the duo, forming a protective barrier, when the council president asked the Secretariat to remove Yau and Leung from the Chamber.

The LegCo president promptly adjourned the session, citing “orders cannot be restored”, after two attempts to remove the duo failed.

After the adjournment, Andrew Leung told reporters that it was necessary to have the cooperation of all lawmakers in order for the LegCo to function normally.

When asked why he did not force the duo out of the chamber, Leung said such a course of action may have been awkward for the security staff. As such, he was left with no option other than requesting Yau and Leung to leave voluntarily. When his requests were refused, he had to adjourn the meeting.

Leung urged pan-democratic lawmakers to cooperate. He said he would not consider changing the meeting venue nor his Tuesday's decision to defer administration of oath to the two localist legislators-elect.

LegCo adjourned as separatist duo refuse to leave
Andrew Leung meets the media outside the Chamber of Legislative Council, Oct 26, 2016. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)
The matter of whether the two should be granted a second opportunity to take the oath of office is now before the High court. The uproar was set off initially after Yau and Leung’s anti-China remarks and behavior during their initial oath-taking on Oct 12. The pair made a mockery of the oaths, insulted the nation by referring to China as “Shina”, a derogatory term adopted by the Japanese during wartime. That led to a backlash in Hong Kong and in the overseas Chinese community.

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