HONG KONG Oct 18 The Hong Kong government
failed in a unprecendented legal attempt on Tuesday night to
block the swearing-in of two newly elected lawmakers seeking to
push for independence for the autonomous region.
High Court Judge Thomas Au rejected the government's
last-ditch request for a delay to mount a judicial review before
the two lawmakers re-take their oath of office at Hong Kong's
Legislative Council on Wednesday.
Yau Wai-ching, aged 25, and Baggio Leung, 30, were initially
barred last week by legislative authorities after pledging their
allegiance to "Hong Kong nation" and displaying a "Hong Kong is
not China" banner when they first attempted to take office.
The oath-taking by the duo is an early test of their
determination to push a radical agenda into mainstream Hong Kong
politics, as well as signalling the depth of the pro-Beijing
establishment's anger at their rise.
(Reporting by Venus Wu, Writing by Greg Torode, Editing by