[PHOTO STORY] Hong Kong’s Oath Taking Drama Turns Nasty

[PHOTO STORY] Hong Kong’s Oath Taking Drama Turns Nasty
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Tense scenes inside and outside Hong Kong's parliament as the new 'localists' continue to defy the old guard.

Thousands protested in Hong Kong this morning as two controversial lawmakers defied orders not to re-enter the legislature. Sixtus "Baggio" Leung Chung-hang (梁頌恆) and Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎), both from the “localist” Youngspiration party, were barred from the Legislative chamber after swearing and insulting China when they first took their oaths on Oct. 12. The Hong Kong government has since gone to court to stop the pair from taking their seats in parliament.

Leung and Yau, part of a cadre of brash young politicians elected to the Legislative Council (LegCo) in September, today returned to parliament in a bid to retake their oaths. However, LegCo President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen (梁君彥) reiterated his decision to “defer” the administration of their oaths until the court process is complete. On Oct. 11, the Hong Kong government warned that if a member swears his or her oath in “a manner or form” that was inconsistent with the rules, it would be “unlawful.”

Organizers estimate 10,000 protestors took to the streets outside the chamber to “denounce the duo,” the South China Morning Post reports. Local news website Hong Kong Free Press reports one of its journalists was attacked by a group of 20 pro-China protesters at the rally. The independent publication says that reporter Stanley Leung sustained minor injuries and the group stole a memory card from his camera.

Photo Credit: AP/達志影像
Newly elected Hong Kong lawmakers Yau Wai-ching, left, and Sixtus Leung are surrounded by journalists inside the Legislative chamber in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.
A policeman on patrol as thousands of pro-China protesters demonstrate outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China October 26, 2016.
Pro-democracy protesters display placards which read "Andrew Leung does not represent me", referring to the Legislative Council president, during a demonstration inside the council's chamber in Hong Kong, China October 26, 2016.
A pro-China protester carries a printout depicting legislator-elect Yau Wai-ching as traitor during a demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China October 26, 2016.
Legislative Council President Andrew Leung leaves after a news conference on delaying the swearing-in of two pro-independence lawmakers in Hong Kong, China October 25, 2016.

First Editor: Edward White
Second Editor: Olivia Yang