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Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 16:57

Lawmakers-elect cause LegCo chaos again

By Willa Wu
Lawmakers-elect cause LegCo chaos again
Separatist lawmaker-elect Yau Wai Ching carries her own microphone and attempts to read out the oath of office in Legislative Council, Hong Kong, Nov 2 , 2016. (Parker Zheng/ China Daily)

HONG KONG - The Legislative Council (LegCo) was paralyzed once again as legislators had to find another venue for convening after separatist lawmakers-elect Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang repeated their last week's act of storming the chamber and refusing to heed calls to leave, that sparked off a commotion.

Yau and Leung chose to burst into the LegCo chamber the minute fellow lawmaker Lau Siu-lai had completed her oath-taking ceremony

The LegCo was adjourned for the third time in four weeks and six LegCo security staff were injured in the melee. The LegCo Secretariat has reported the case to the police.

LegCo president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen said he decided to adjourn the meeting to ensure the safety of the staff. He said the LegCo Commission will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the security woes in the chamber and may propose to increase the number of security staff in the next meeting.

Yau and Sixtus Leung chose to burst into the LegCo chamber the minute fellow lawmaker Lau Siu-lai had completed taking oath. As per a decision taken by Andrew Leung, the duo cannot be sworn in till the High Court has ruled on a judicial review challenging the pair’s right to assume office.

Yau carried her own microphone and attempted to read out the oath of office from a paper she clutched. At this, Andrew Leung ordered the pair to be expelled from the chamber. Yau was marched out by LegCo security staff while Sixtus Leung, shielded by opposition camp lawmakers, managed to stay put.

Pro-establishment lawmakers, in order to make clear their opposition to the separatists - Yau, Leung and Lau Siu-lai - turned their back to the pair of the disruptive lawmakers-elect as Lau was taking oath.

At this point, the LegCo chairman announced a change in venue. The assembly was disrupted for about half an hour before lawmakers could convene in another room.

Lawmakers-elect cause LegCo chaos again
DAB chairwoman Starry Lee Wai-king speaks outside Legislative C ouncil after the meeting was suspended on Nov 2, 2016. (Roy Liu/China Daily)

Andrew Leung cited safety reasons to adjourn the LegCo eventually.

The chairwoman of the city’s biggest political party - the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong - Lee Wai-king denounced Yau's claim that she had completed the formality by reading out the oath of office, calling it absurd.

Lee pointed out Yau's conduct breached protocol as one, the LegCo chairman had already announced his decision to defer the duo's oath-taking ceremony and two, no Commissioner for Oaths had either administered the oath or witnessed it.

Lee said the pair had no real interest in the solemn procedure of swearing-in as despite being given the opportunity to do so, they had made a mockery of it by using foul language to insult the nation.

Pro-establishment lawmakers urged the opposition camp to stop condoning the conduct of the Yau and Sixtus Leung as they rued another chaotic day at the city’s legislature.

Lawmakers-elect cause LegCo chaos again
One of the three security guards i s injured when they clash with the two pro-independence legislator-elects at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Nov 2, 2016. (Parker Zheng/China Daily)

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