A leading pro-Beijing lawmaker said yesterday the future is uncertain
for Article 23 anti-subversion legislation put on hold after a massive
outpouring of public opposition.
Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa amended and then delayed the planned
measure after an estimated 500,000 people marched in protest on July
"Now no one knows when the bill can go back to the Legislative
Council, or even whether it can go back at all," said legislator
Jasper Tsang, head of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of
Liberal Party chairman James Tien withdrew his party's crucial votes
following the mass protest, effectively thwarting Tung's plan to pass
the legislation on July 9 and setting off the biggest political crisis
of Tung's tenure.
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