Friday afternoon witnessed an ugly scene when a Legislative Council House Committee meeting descended into chaos as pro-Beijing camp resorting brutal means to expel the opposition lawmakers to control the House Committee to deal with a backlog of legislative matters including the controversial National Anthem bill.
The proposed law would penalize deliberate alterations to the anthem and derogatory performances, it is regarded as a preliminary attempt to enforce the notorious Article 23 of the Basic Law. Beijing has been hell-bent on passing the laws associated with “national security” to legitimate Beijing’s iron fist to silent the protesters in Hong Kong.
The meeting – which was set to begin at 2:30pm – saw legislators and security flock around so-called “incumbent” chairperson Starry Lee from the pro-Beijing DAB party, as she attempted to make a start. The Lee’s presiding over the House Committee, as well as dealing with backlog bills, were regarded to violate the Rules of Procedure of the LegCo. The Lee’s intention was clear: passing the bill to legitimate Beijing’s iron fist against protestors.
But the protesters in Hong Kong were ready to resist the tyranny. When pro-democratic lawmakers were holding to the justice in the LegCo, thousands of citizens were monitoring the live broadcast to make sure that National Anthem bill was not on the agenda.
As incumbent Deputy Chair, Dennis Kwok of the pro-democracy Civic Party has presided over House Committee meetings since October 15 last year. Lee has not taken on the mantle of presiding member because she is running for chair again.
Beijing has accused Kwok and opposition lawmakers of filibustering to delay the election of a new chair. The Hong Kong government has also pushed for a resolution, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam adding that some issues, including the controversial National Anthem bill, were only “one step away” from completion.
The pro-Beijing lawmakers were showing their fists by using violence to advance their political agenda. Radio Television Hong Kong live footage showed a pro-Beijing lawmaker Aron Kwok Wai-keung allegedly grabbed a democratic lawmaker by the collar and dragging him to the floor. Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, the democratic lawmaker, was in the ER hospital later that day for the injure on the bones.
The clash in the LegCo spurred protests in the evening both in a luxury shopping mall nearby and nightclubs at Mong Kok. Citizens were angry with Starry Lee’s unlawful attempts to preside over the House Committee and advance the bills because both violated the Rules of Procedure.
However, at the last minute, one Legislative Council legal adviser made an “absolutely shocking” U-turn after the official said Starry Lee can preside over House Committee meetings given the “changed circumstances.” Labor Party chair Kwok Wing-kin, a renowned democratic lawmaker, tossed torn pages from the LegCo Rules of Procedure from the viewing gallery onto the meeting room below to express the anger. One of the security guards attempting to remove Kwok fell during a tussle and appeared to hit his head.
It is an open secret that the security guards in the LegCo are associated with the Hong Kong Police Force. They will serve only the pro-Beijing camp, according to Nathan Law, an ex-lawmaker and famous democratic activists.
When dictators, supported by local proxies, grossly tramp the rule of law in Hong Kong, no justice, nor the law have been uphold. What has happened on Friday indicated that fighting against tyranny and brutality has become a daily routine for Hong Kongers to resists both Beijing and their “running dogs” to protect law, justice and universal value.
It is an open secret that the security guards in the LegCo are associated with Hong Kong Police Force. They will serve only the pro-Beijing camp, according to Nathan Law, an ex-lawmaker and a famous democratic activists.
When dictators, supported by local proxies, grossly tramp the rule of law in Hong Kong, no justice, nor the law have been upheld. What has happened on Friday indicated that fighting against tyranny and brutality has become a daily routine for Hong Kongers to resists both Beijing and their “running dogs” to protect the law, justice, and universal value.