Lawmakers ejected in Hong Kong debate on Chinese anthem bill

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Lawmakers ejected in Hong Kong debate on Chinese anthem bill

Two pro-democracy lawmakers had been ejected from Hong Kong’s legislative chamber Thursday morning, disrupting the beginning of a second day of debate on a contentious bill that will criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese nationwide anthem.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Eddie Chu, proper, holds a placard studying “Best Chairperson, Starry Lee” as he stands outdoors the chamber of Legislative Council Complex after he was ejected minutes after a second-day legislative debate in Hong Kong Thursday, May 28. (Photo: AP)

Two pro-democracy lawmakers had been ejected from Hong Kong’s legislative chamber Thursday morning, disrupting the beginning of a second day of debate on a contentious bill that will criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese nationwide anthem.

The legislature’s president, Andrew Leung, suspended the assembly minutes after it started and ejected lawmaker Eddie Chu for holding up a sarcastic placard that learn “Best Chairperson, Starry Lee.”

Lee was lately elected chair of a key committee that despatched the anthem bill to the complete legislature for consideration. Her election, which the pro-democracy opposition contends was unlawful, ended a monthslong filibuster that had prevented the committee from performing on the bill.

Chu was carried out by safety guards, at the same time as fellow pro-democracy lawmakers protested his removing and tried to cease it. Outside the chamber, he stated Leung had objected to his placard Wednesday that referred to as Lee an “illegal chairperson” and so he made a brand new one which referred to as her the perfect chairperson as an alternative.

“Actually, we have wanted to use any method to stop this national anthem law getting passed by this legislature, which is basically controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, because the law is just another way of putting pressure on Hong Kong people,” Chu stated.

After the assembly restarted, a second pro-democracy lawmaker, Ray Chan, began yelling as Leung defined his determination to take away Chu, and the legislative president suspended the assembly once more and ordered Chan ejected, too.

Other pro-democracy lawmakers surrounded Chan, who then hid beneath a desk, as safety officers tried to take away him. He ultimately was carried out the officers.

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