Hong Kong opposition politicians [photo: Yahoo News Media]
Nov, 2nd 2020 – Seven pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong have been arrested over wrangles with pro-Beijing lawmakers in the city’s Legislative Council in May. Police say they have been charged with contempt and interfering with members of the council.
The two opposing camps came to blows, with heckling and shoving on both sides, over the appointment of the chair of a key committee. None of the pro-Beijing politicians involved, have been detained.
In a police statement, the six men and one woman had been arrested as part of an investigation into the meeting on 8th of May which descended into chaos amid a row over who should control a key committee in the legislature.
Those arrested are the Democratic Party’s Wu Chi-wai, Andrew Wan Siu-kin and Helena Wong Pik-wan and Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung and Kwok Wing-kin. Former legislators Eddie Chu Hoi-dick and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen were also detained on Sunday Morning.
Police Chief of Inspector Chan Wing-yu told reporters on Sunday, “Some lawmakers dashed towards the security guards surrounding the rostrum and made it impossible for the meeting to go on. Law enforcement action is taken in accordance with law and evidence gathered during the recent police investigation… I wish to reiterate that enforcement action taken on that basis is not about the social status or political background.”
They may face up to a year in prison if they get convicted.