Disqualifying separatist Hong Kong legislators-elect is a must

Source:Global Times Published: 2016/11/3 23:53:39

After employing a racial slur and separatist comments while being sworn into office, two Hong Kong legislators-elect, Sixtus Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, created a scene again in the Legislative Council (LegCo) on Wednesday. The two pro-independence activists barged in and tried to retake their oath, but only ended up being dragged out of the court by security guards. The oath-taking scandal has reached its pinnacle.

Leung and Yau, due to their brazenly shameless act in the LegCo, must be disqualified from taking up their council seats. They have to pay the price for violating the rule of law.

If they are allowed to swear in, this will cross Hong Kong's legal baseline for restricting separatism and other forms of political extremism. The authority of Hong Kong's Basic Law and China's Constitution could be seriously jeopardized.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said he might ask the National People's Congress to interpret the law to see if the two legislators should be disqualified or not.

To remove Leung and Yau from the LegCo should be a must. Any appeasement will send a signal that the Chinese government is turning a blind eye to separatism, which actually shall be forbidden on China's soil.

The social and political arrangement of "One Country, Two Systems" is a favorable policy for Hong Kong, but now has been gravely warped and abused by a handful of separatists. It is time to strike back.

Disqualifying Leung and Yau will serve as a necessary warning to those pro-independence activists, and show them the disgraceful end they will come to if they stick with their fatuous political cause and keep crossing the line.

Pro-independence activists merely constitute a fraction of Hong Kong society. Although they have created some buzz, even in the international community, they need to be enlightened that the power and influence they have are only a mirage.

Leung and Yau deserve legal penalties, which can exactly display the spirit of the rule of law to the outside. This is also a chance for people to understand the nature of Hong Kong's status quo as a part of China.

If the pro-independence activists refuse to learn lessons and try to make bigger waves in Hong Kong, they had better brace themselves for harsher punishment. They stand no chance in winning the conflict, and the Chinese government will make them remember there is not a single corner in China that will allow their challenge to national unity and sovereign integrity.

Removing Leung and Yau from the LegCo reflects the will of the entire nation. We are sure the country will make it happen.

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