The pro-democracy camp has in recent months accused the Hong Kong authorities and the central Chinese authorities in Beijing of tightening management over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in response to calls for for more democracy. They say authorities are destroying the autonomy promised to town, a world monetary middle with greater freedoms than mainland China.
The three former lawmakers disrupted conferences debating the now-approved National Anthem ordinance, which criminalizes any insult to or abuse of the Chinese nationwide anthem, the “March of the Volunteers.”
On May 28, Hui rushed to the front of the legislature, dropping a rotten plant and making an attempt to kick it on the legislature’s president. Chu splashed a bottle of liquid within the legislature.
One week later, Chan hid a pot of pungent liquid in a paper lantern and attempted to method the front of the chamber, but dropped it after he was stopped by safety guards. On the identical day, Hui also splashed some liquid on the front of the legislature and was escorted out.
Both instances, emergency services had been referred to as to the venue, and a number of other pro-Beijing lawmakers reported feeling unwell.
Chu and Chan give up the legislature in protest after Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam postponed legislative elections by one year, citing the coronavirus pandemic. They said the postponement breached the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, which got here into effect after the previous British colony was returned to China in 1997.
The pro-democracy camp had hoped to win a majority within the elections that had been slated for September. They have criticized the postponement of the elections as an attempt by the pro-Beijing authorities to thwart their efforts.
The arrests of the lawmakers is the most recent in a string of arrests in recent months. Earlier this month, seven pro-democracy lawmakers — together with Chu and Chan — had been arrested over one other chaotic legislative assembly on May 8.
During that assembly, scuffles had damaged out between the pro-Beijing and pro-democracy camps as they debated over who would preside over a committee that oversees bills. The pro-democracy lawmakers arrested had been accused of dashing the chairperson’s desk, bumping into safety guards and throwing sheets of paper from the general public gallery.
Last week, 15 pro-democracy lawmakers resigned en masse after Beijing handed a decision that resulted within the disqualification of 4 of its members from the legislature. Hui and one other lawmaker, Claudia Mo, left their posts last week, while the remaining lawmakers are anticipated to stay on till Dec. 1. The resignations leave the physique with nearly no opposition voice.