HONG KONG – Police arrested seven pro-democracy politicians on Sunday in a heated meeting in early May when chambers from the local legislature were filled to protest against the fight for control over a key committee.
The arrest came after governments in Hong Kong and Beijing made a widespread effort to shut down dissent after a year of intense protest in the semi-autonomous city.
Authorities have aggressively used social-harassing rules against protesters, whose numbers have plummeted since last year. And a broad-national security law imposed by Beijing at the end of June gives potentially tougher penalties for poorly defined crimes such as a series of sabotage and collusion.
The politicians arrested on Sunday were involved in heated disputes over control of a key committee in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. A pro-democracy MP was there for months Stopped debate over several major bills, disrupted the establishment camp And drawing condemnation from the government in Hong Kong and Beijing’s powerful liaison office.
Pro-government MPs, who have a majority in the legislature due in part to their domination of seats reserved for industries and other interest groups, and Became the committee chair on 8 May. That act set up fresh protests in the legislature.
Stander Lee, the jurist who established the committee, expelled several pro-democracy representatives during the turbulent session.
Pro-democracy lawmakers Wu Chi-wai, Andrew Wan, Helena Wong and Fernando Cheung were arrested on Sunday along with Hong Kong’s Labor Party president Kwok Wing-kin and former legislators Eddie Chu and Ray Chan. On their social media accounts.
The police confirmed the arrest of six people and a woman accused of acts of contempt and interference under the Area Legislative Council Ordinance. He did not rule out the possibility of arresting more people over the incident.
Mr. Chan was the first Opened a private case against Kwok Wai-kyung, A pro-establishment legislator who Dragged him to the ground During the controversial session. Mr Chan said that he prosecuted private litigation, a mechanism used little by little in Hong Kong law, because he did not believe that the officer would otherwise have given Dr. Will take action against Coke.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has seen an increase in the number of protests by lawmakers in recent years, particularly by members of the anti-camp who rose to prominence through antiwar protests. The measure was debated in occasional intense and chaotic sessions in the legislature before the city was surrounded by huge street rallies last year to defeat a resolution that allowed extradition to mainland China.
Hong Kong Government Postponed a legislative election for September, Citing the risk of spreading Kovid-19. The pro-democracy camp condemned the move, saying it was a delaying strategy, which meant the loss of an establishment. Mr Chu and Mr Chan said in September that they would not continue in office because they believed the one-year extension of the legislature violated the law.