Defiant Hong Kong legislators must be barred

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/10/20 0:43:39

During a repeat of a swearing-in ceremony for five new legislators to Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday, pro-establishment lawmakers staged a walkout, depriving the council of the quorum needed to validate the oaths.

The oaths taken by the five last week had been rejected, and this time, the assembly ended with three candidates, Leung Chung-hang, Yau Wai-ching and Lau Siu-lai, having failed to swear in again.

Leung and Yau insulted the Basic Law, held up a banner that said "Hong Kong is not China" and mispronounced China as "Shina" during the swearing-in session last week, which provoked public anger. A majority of people in Hong Kong believe that these two are no longer suitable to be legislators and are demanding that they not be allowed to take the oath again. However, the LegCo president and the Supreme Court of Hong Kong has given them another opportunity.

Pro-establishment legislators rarely resort to these tactics. It worked temporarily to prevent the swearing in of Leung and Yau, but the rivalry will continue.

Obviously, Leung and Yau claim their pro-independence stance publicly and despise the Basic Law, thus crossing the bottom line to be a legislator in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Disqualifying them as elected legislators is a just move under the law.

If they become legislators with their current stance, it will surely deal a blow to the authority of the Basic Law. Those who love China and Hong Kong in the city will feel frustrated. Moreover, Hong Kong independence will be promoted by them within LegCo. 

This is a fight in which we must strike back, even if trouble may arise. Those that love and care about Hong Kong must have determination. Some specific issues were not expected when the Basic Law was written, but the spirit of the law is clear - cracking down on pro-independence forces in Hong Kong is supported by the law.

Depriving Leung and Yau of their right to be legislators will ultimately turn out to be a righteous and persuasive decision.

Nowhere in the world would experience such a malicious act while lawmakers take an oath of office. Their arrogance shows that political order in Hong Kong is facing a severe challenge. There is no point in sticking to a conciliatory approach toward them; a firm hand is needed.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, not an independent political entity. This is a fact that every single politician in the city must respect and abide by. Anyone challenging this will pay the price.

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