Two opposition lawmakers to be arrested

Local | 7 Dec 2018 5:31 pm

Two Democratic Party lawmakers said on Friday they’ve been informed by the police that they are to be arrested over a protest they staged inside the Legislative Council chamber in June.

Lam Cheuk-ting and Andrew Wan Siu-kin said they would meet officers on Monday at Wan Chai Police Station and they are likely to face charges, RTHK reports.

The pair were among a group of pan-democratic lawmakers who stood up and shouted slogans in protest against a ruling made by Legco President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen while the council was scrutinizing a controversial bill aimed at allowing mainland officers to work in part of the West Kowloon express rail terminus.

A number of opposition lawmakers were then ordered by the president to leave the chamber. Chaos soon followed as security guards tried to remove them and two of the guards said they were injured.

Both Lam and Wan are expected to be charged with obstructing Legco officers, while Wan is likely to face another charge of common assault.

Lam condemned the planned prosecutions as being politically motivated. He said they would set a terrible precedent, as lawmakers will be unable to protest against anything in future.

"They just want to send a clear message to all of us, shut your mouth, sit on your seat and just press the button to be councilors," Lam said.

"But we will not back down. We will defend not only ourselves, not only our council, but also the core values of Hong Kong."

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