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Scuffles erupt in Hong Kong Legislative Council

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:01

A meeting of Hong Kong's Legislative Council descends into chaos as scuffles broke out when two pro-independence lawmakers stormed the gathering.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Chaotic scenes erupted in Hong Kong Legislative Council on Wednesday (November 2) when two pro-independence lawmakers stormed into a meeting and tried to read their swearing-in oath. Yau Wai-ching, 25, and Baggio Leung, 30, who represent a new breed of more radical activists moving into the political mainstream, had their swearing-in oaths invalidated last month over language and a banner that was deemed derogatory to China. Hong Kong's leader Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Tuesday (November 1) signalled he might ask Beijing to use a rarely invoked power to interpret the city's Basic Law mini-constitution to end a political crisis over a fledgling independence movement. Any such move will spark fears for Hong Kong's autonomy and vaunted legal system, officials, judges and lawyers say privately. The drama comes ahead of a Hong Kong government-requested legal hearing that could effectively bar the two recently elected pro-independence lawmakers from the legislature of the global financial hub. The government has asked the courts to review a decision by the legislature's president allowing pro-independence lawmakers to re-take their oaths of office. The hearing starts on Thursday (November 3). Some local officials and judges have grown privately fearful that the emergence of independence issues could see Beijing force tough new laws on the city, or interpret the Basic Law to explicitly curb pro-independence legislators.

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Scuffles erupt in Hong Kong Legislative Council

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:01