Former Labour Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan, who is running in the Nov. 25 Legislative Council by-election for the Kowloon West geographical constituency, was forcibly ejected along with two pan-democratic allies from a briefing by the Electoral Affairs Commission (EAC) for the five candidates.
The briefing, presided by Justice Barnabas Fung Wah, the EAC chairman, was held at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
As the returning officer was about to begin the drawing of lots to determine the order of the candidates’ names on the ballot, Lee and Lau Siu-lai, the ousted pro-democracy lawmaker who was barred from joining the race and replaced by Lee, arrived at the venue with about 30 other people from the Civil Human Rights Front and the League of Social Democrats to protest Lau’s disqualification, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The protesters chanted slogans against “political suppression” and Lau’s disqualification. Lee, Lau and partymate Mak Tak-ching held a banner that reads “19,511 people sign for anti-disqualification. Give back my right to run”.
As the situation became chaotic, security guards forcibly removed Lee, Lau and Mak from the venue on Justice Fung’s order.
Fung did not respond or make any comments about the ejections.
Lee accused the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of resorting to violence to suppress the pan-democratic forces.
Lee also slammed Fung for sitting back and doing nothing while a candidate was disqualified without justifiable reasons.
In a social media post later in the night, Lee urged voters to unite to regain the Legco seat that should belong to Hong Kong people.
Based on the drawing of lots, independent candidate Ng Dick-hay will be the first on the ballot, followed in order by independent Judy Tzeng Li-wen, Lee, former lawmaker Frederick Fung Kin-kee and former Food and Health Bureau political assistant Chan Hoi-yan.
Fung and Chan were not present at the briefing. Ng and Tzeng arrived at the venue after the drawing of lots was completed.
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