Date
4 December 2016
Andrew Leung announces the ban on the 13 aides of legislators-elect Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching (inset). Photos: CNSA, HKEJ
Andrew Leung announces the ban on the 13 aides of legislators-elect Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching (inset). Photos: CNSA, HKEJ

13 Youngspiration aides banned from Legco building after clashes

The Legislative Council Commission has barred 13 assistants of two localist legislators-elect from entering the Legco building in Admiralty following last Wednesday’s clashes between them and security guards.

Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen announced the ban, which took effect immediately, after the commission held a meeting Tuesday morning, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The commission also condemned legislators-elect Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, of the localist group Youngspiration, for leading their assistants to use violence during the incident.

The duo, whose swearing-in had been invalidated, tried to force their way into the chamber to retake their oaths with the help of their assistants last Wednesday after the Legco chief ordered both of them to leave.

The security guards tried to stop them as they attempted to barge into the chamber, resulting in heated verbal exchanges and a lot of pushing and shoving.

The chaos, which lasted about 15 minutes, saw six of the guards injured and sent to hospital, and prompted the Legco chief to adjourn the meeting for the day due to safety concerns and call the police.

Asked why the police did not arrest the assistants and what rules the ban was based on, Andrew Leung did not give direct answers but said the commission is entitled to make the decision, against which the duo can lodge a complaint.

As to when the assistants will be allowed to enter the Legco building, Leung said the commission will meet again to consider whether they no longer pose a threat to the safety of others in the building.

Yau rejected the commission’s decision, saying the incident resulted from the violation of the law by the Legco staff, adding that two of the assistants included in the ban had never been to the Legco building.

Some of the Youngspiration duo’s assistants can still enter the building as each lawmaker is allowed to apply for up to 15 passes for their assistants.

Yau said there is no plan to take any action on Wednesday when the Legco holds its regular meeting.

In addition to the ban, the commission also passed a new measure barring staff of lawmakers from entering the Legco building’s first and second floors, where the chamber and conference rooms are located, when meetings of the council as well as the finance and house committees are being held.

More than 100 assistants opposed the measure, saying it would block their communication with lawmakers and media.

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