Five lawmakers ejected from co-location bill debate

Local | 13 Jun 2018 4:52 pm

Legco again witnessed chaotic scenes today as lawmakers continued debate on a controversial bill to set up a joint immigration checkpoint at the West Kowloon express rail station

Five pro-democracy lawmakers were virtually carried out of the chamber after verbal duels with Legco president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen.

The arguments started when Leung allowed Transport Secretary Frank Chan Fan to carry on with his speech even as some opposition members raised a point of order.

They also questioned Leung over his decision to wrap up the debate on the issue. But the president said he had already explained his decision in writing.

But as the rows and shouting continued, Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting was ejected from the chamber along with his party colleague Andrew Wan.

As agitated opposition members continued their protests, Roy Kwong was soon ejected as he continued to stand on a desk in protest. Soon after Ted Hui was booted out of the chamber.

As the secretary continued his speech despite the din, Au Nok-hin left his seat and stood behind Frank Chan, holding a protest placard. That prompted Leung to send out Au as well.

The bill, if passed, would allow mainland laws to be enforced at parts of the West Kowloon terminus for the future cross-border high-speed rail line. Opposition lawmakers say this would be in breach of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle.-Photo: RTHK

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