Pan-dems slam arrests, pro-govt side hails action
Pro-democracy lawmakers said on Wednesday they could not comprehend the reason for the arrests of Youngspiration localists Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching, while pro-government councillors said they believed the police action was justified.
Leung and Yau were arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of taking part in an illegal assembly inside the Legislative Council building on November 2.
Hong Kong First lawmaker, Claudia Mo, said it was “utterly absurd” to arrest the pair and their assistants for that reason, and suggested the arrests were politically motivated.
“I couldn’t help thinking that the CY Leung regime is so determined to make sure that the opposition voice is all dead,” said Mo “And he wouldn’t leave out any chance to suppress any opposition voice.”
Mo was present at the time of the alleged offence, but she said she was not worried she might also face arrest.
“That sort of protest within the Legislative Council building was not the first time, and it wasn’t the last time. And it’s going to happen again. I just can’t see how this charge could ever stand.”
League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung also said he doesn’t understand why the Youngspiration pair are accused of taking part in an illegal assembly.
But the chairwoman of the pro-government DAB, Starry Lee, said the arrests were legitimate.
“If, because of their action, our security was hurt, then, I think the responsible person has to be legally responsible for the action.”
Another DAB legislator, Holden Chow, said the incident was further proof that ground outside the government’s headquarters known as “Civic Square” should not be reopened.
Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker Priscilla Leung also agreed that the arrests were justified.
Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung were elected as lawmakers in the geographical constituencies but were barred by the courts from taking up office. Their failure to take their oaths properly also led to a Basic Law interpretation by Beijing.