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Three former pro-democracy lawmakers arrested in Hong Kong by police

Hong Kong police arrested three former opposition lawmakers for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, as concerns grow over a crackdown on the city's pro-democracy camp

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police arrested three former opposition lawmakers for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, as concerns grow over a crackdown on the city's pro-democracy camp.

Posts on the Facebook accounts of Ted Hui, Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan said they had been arrested in relation to the incidents in the legislature's main chamber.

The trio separately disrupted legislative meetings by splashing pungent liquids and other items on two occasions.

police said in a statement that they had arrested three former lawmakers on Wednesday on the charges of contempt in the legislature and intent to cause harm to others. Police did not identify them by name.

The pro-democracy camp has in recent months accused the government and the central Chinese government in Beijing of tightening control over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in response to demands for more democracy, destroying the autonomy promised to the city, a global financial center with Western-style civil liberties.

The three former lawmakers disrupted meetings debating the now-approved National Anthem ordinance, which criminalizes any insult to or abuse of the Chinese national anthem, the March of the Volunteers.

On May 28, Hui rushed to the front of the legislature, dropping a rotten plant and attempting to kick it at the legislature's president.

Chu splashed a bottle of liquid in the legislature.

One week later, Chan hid a pot of pungent liquid in a paper lantern and attempted to approach the front of the chamber, but dropped it after he was stopped by security guards.

On both occasions, emergency services were called to the venue, and several pro-Beijing lawmakers reported feeling unwell.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, November 18 2020. 08:50 IST