- On Wednesday, Hong Kong police released a declaration, stating that they had arrested three former opposition lawmakers.
- The news was confirmed with a Facebook post on their accounts.
- The vote was followed by the Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postponing legislative elections by one year, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
Hong Kong (SK) — On Wednesday, Hong Kong police released a declaration, stating that they had arrested three former opposition lawmakers, Ted Hui, Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan, for contempt in the legislature and for interrupting meetings several months ago. The news was confirmed with a Facebook post on their accounts.
The Hong Kong and the central Chinese government in Beijing have claimed control over the territory in response to demands for more democracy. The three arrested have been interrupting meetings, with the aim of debating a new law that aims at criminalizing any insult or misuse of the Chinese national anthem. Furthermore, Ted Hui went up to the legislature and dropped a rotten plant, trying to throw it at the body's president.
One week later, Chan tried to approach the front of the chamber with a cup of heavy liquid hidden in a paper lantern, but dropped it after he was stopped by security guards. Hui, who was released on bail on Wednesday, said it was “ridiculous” that police were using criminal procedures against lawmakers. “This only shows to all Hong Kong people and to the world that this regime is a tyranny” he said.
The vote was followed by the Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam postponing legislative elections by one year, citing the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers also said the postponement breached Hong Kong's Constitution, which came into effect after the former British colony was returned to China in 1997. Earlier this month, seven former and sitting members of the pro-democracy camp were arrested, including Chu and Chan, over an earlier chaotic legislative session on May 8. The activists, who were arrested by the country's pro-democracy legislators, rushed the president's desk, bumped into security guards and threw paper from the public gallery.