Pan-dems say debate on police use of force undermined

Local | 19 Jun 2019 6:00 pm

The Legislative Council’s full meeting was adjourned in the afternoon today, because not enough lawmakers were in the chamber when Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan made a quorum call. 
Civic Party legislator Alvin Yeung blamed his pro-government colleagues, saying they had walked out of the meeting en masse. 
Another pan-democratic lawmaker, Chu Hoi-dick, also said he believes the pro-establishment legislators had left the chamber to avoid further debate on allegations that police had used excessive force during clashes with protesters outside Legco last Wednesday. 
Before the quorum bell was rang, lawmakers had spent hours on a motion moved by the Democratic Party’s Roy Kwong over police handling of the protests. 
“I think pro-Beijing legislators chose not to appear before the quorum bell ends because they don’t want [Roy Kwong]’s motion to be discussed… it’s a deliberate move,” Chu said. 
Meanwhile, Felix Chung from the pro-government Liberal party said whoever wasn’t in the chamber should be blamed for the adjournment. 
“I really have no idea why the other members are not here. We haven’t had a chamber meeting for over a week. We should keep on having the meetings, I mean, there are so many things that we still need to discuss, we still need to debate,” Chung said.-Photo: RTHK

 

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