Date
10 December 2016
Security guards stop localist legislators-elect Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching from retaking their oaths at the Legislative Council on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Security guards stop localist legislators-elect Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching from retaking their oaths at the Legislative Council on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Legco falls into chaos as Youngspiration duo try to retake oaths

Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen adjourned a regular session after two lawmakers-elect whose swearing-in had been invalidated tried to force their way into the chamber to retake their oaths, resulting in chaos and injuries to several security guards.

The scene at Legco on Wednesday was like déjà vu as localist Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching repeated their act last week after Andrew Leung decided to defer their oath-taking and wait for the High Court to decide whether they are entitled to a second chance, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

A hearing on the issue is set to begin on Thursday.

The Legco chief had earlier ruled that the duo’s first oath-taking on Oct. 12 was invalid after they displayed a cape with the words “Hong Kong is not China” and used words deemed derogatory to the mainland.

Pro-establishment lawmakers have since vowed to do everything they could to stop them from taking their oath again.

Lau Siu-lai, a pro-democracy lawmaker-elect whose oath-taking was also deemed invalid the first time, was allowed to take her oath again on Wednesday.

Soon afterwards, Yau and Sixtus Leung, accompanied by some pan-democrats, entered the chamber with an attempt to take their oath.

While Yau held a speaker to read out the oath, the Legco chief ordered both to leave and called an adjournment. Security guards forced the two to leave the chamber.

Not long after, the duo, with the help of two pro-democracy lawmakers, sought to enter the chamber again but security guards refused to open the door for them.

About an hour later, they showed up again with more than 10 assistants this time and tried to barge in.

This resulted in heated verbal exchanges and a lot of pushing and shoving as security guards tried to stop them.

The duo failed to enter amid the chaos that lasted about 15 minutes.

Six security guards from the Legco Secretariat were injured as a result and sent to hospital, with one still confined as of Wednesday night while the others were discharged.

The clashes caused the Legco chief to adjourn the meeting for the day due to safety concerns and call the police.

Sixtus Leung said they were stopped for unjustified reasons, adding that the Secretariat should take full responsibility for the incident.

Later in the afternoon Andrew Leung said the duo’s second oath-taking was still invalid, and blamed them for the chaos.

He said the video clips of the incident showed that the two localists led the clashes, which he said were organized, condemnable and violated the Legco Ordinance.

In light of the incident, the Legco Commission will hold an emergency meeting as soon as next week to discuss how to keep staff safe, Leung said.

In separate statements, the Democratic Party and Civic Party expressed their disapproval of the duo’s actions and stressed that violence is not the solution.

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