Anger and emotion over disqualification of lawmakersLocal | 14 Jul 2017 5:47 pm
The Democratic Party accused the government of "declaring war" against pan-democratic lawmakers and the people of Hong Kong, following the disqualification of another four legislators who were found not to have taken their oaths in accordance with requirements.
Party chairman, Wu Chi-wai, said the rights of lawmakers to express their views in Legco could be restricted, if rules on filibustering are tightened now that pan-democratic lawmakers have lost their veto power. (Pictured, Edward Yiu Chung-yim, left,Nathan Law Kwun-chung, Leung Kwok-hung, and Lau Siu-lai).
He warned that the "One Country, Two Systems" governing arrangement could be adversely affected, as the Beijing and Hong Kong governments can do whatever they want now.
People Power lawmaker Raymond Chan said Hong Kong people, including those who did not vote for the latest lawmakers to be disqualified, will not agree with the government for using the courts as a "tool" to overturn election results.
Independent lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching, who broke down in tears during a media briefing, claimed the government's action was "calculated,'' as it wants to make sure the pan-democratic camp will not win back all the seats it has lost in upcoming by-elections.-RTHK