Several pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong were dragged out of a legislative council session on Monday in a melee that broke out over a bill that would criminalize disrespect of the Chinese national anthem, according to reports.
H/T: Fox News
"If Hong Kong was a democracy, we would not need to start scuffles like this," one of the lawmakers carried out, Eddie Chu, told the BBC. "Unfortunately we are forced into this situation. I can foresee more fights within the chamber and outside the chamber."
Today in Hong Kong, Monday, May 18th. Pro China security guards drag 9 law makers from the Hong Kong legislature before holding a vote where Starry Lee is unanimously elected as chairperson. Coup d'état is complete Hong Kong is back in China’s control. 😭😢pic.twitter.com/cSHbqkscRT— Bruce Porter, Jr. (@NetworksManager) May 18, 2020
Moments later he’s dumped on the floor outside.— Avi Yemini 🇦🇺🇮🇱 (@OzraeliAvi) May 18, 2020
He was DEMOCRATICALLY elected.
His crime: opposing China’s coup.
Don’t let them get away with it—RT what’s happening in Hong Kong right now.
China is escalating while we’re busy fighting their virus. pic.twitter.com/ETGZQwBxql
BBC News - Hong Kong: Lawmakers carried out during parliament mayhem https://t.co/QRpcypmdaV // So much for “one country, two systems”, China has no respect for the agreement it signed! 😢😡— Bill Cameron (@Bill_Cameron) May 18, 2020
These two pics show how security guards in HK's Legislative Council play the role of enforcers for Beijing's wishes, installing and protecting a pro-Beijing politician while ejecting democratically elected lawmakers. Another sad day in HK. Pics from @studioincendo @StandNewsHK pic.twitter.com/kp8dK2jKI4— Louisa Lim (@limlouisa) May 18, 2020
This is not democracy. Hijacking committee meetings is not democratic. Forcing through one’s agenda with sneaky tactics and the exclusion of fellow members is nothing short of a dictatorial farce. Imagine such things happening in Canada’s parliament ... https://t.co/PE4dwnwMpv— Senator Leo Housakos (@SenatorHousakos) May 18, 2020