11/18/2020, 09.29
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Hong Kong, riots in the Legco: three former pro-democracy MPs arrested

Ted Hui, Ray Chan and Chu Hoi-dick sprayed a foul-smelling liquid and threw a rotting plant into the hall. They were protesting against the adoption of a law punishing the outrage against the Chinese national anthem. Democratic Front: It is a terror tactic to suppress dissent. Yesterday arrested an anti-establishment district councillor.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Police arrested this morning three former pro-democracy MPs, accused of blocking the work of the Legco (the city assembly) with "smelly liquids" and introducing a "rotting plant". The events occurred between late May and early June during the discussions for the approval of a law that punishes offenses to the Chinese national anthem.

Ted Hui, Ray Chan and Chu Hoi-dick were stopped for disturbing and interrupting the Legco's work, and for "shocking" its president Andrew Leung. According to the democratic front, the arrests are part of a "terror tactic" to suppress dissent.

Since the summer of 2019, and until the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the pro-democracy movement has organized almost daily demonstrations to defend the city's autonomy from Beijing's dominion. The approval on June 30 of the new security law, wanted by the Chinese regime, has stifled the initiatives of resistance to the government.

Last week, the anti-establishment members of the Legco resigned en masse after Carrie Lam's executive - by order of the Chinese authorities - had ousted four of them from the assembly. Hui is among those who resigned; Chan and Chu resigned in August, after Lam decided to postpone the elections - scheduled for September 6 - and extend the legislature by one year.

Law enforcement officers also arrested Raymond Li, Sha Ti's pro-democracy district councillor, yesterday. He is charged with taking part in a May protest against the new security legislation which was under discussion at the time.



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