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Legislative Council elections 2016

Mainland media accuse disqualified Legco pair of leading a ‘life of debauchery’

A number of media outlets continued their attacks on Youngspiration’s Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching on Wednesday

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 12:44pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 3:47pm

Mainland and pro-Beijing media outlets continued their attacks on the two pro-independence lawmakers disqualified by a Hong Kong court over their oath-taking antics, saying they were “overjoyed” by their disqualification and accusing them of leading “a life of debauchery”.

The ruling by the High Court on Tuesday came after Youngspiration’s Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching carried “Hong Kong is not China” banners and used what sounded like a derogatory word for China, which had wartime connotations, during their swearing-in ceremony on October 12.

The disqualification also came a week after Beijing intervened by interpreting the city’s mini-constitution to insist oath-taking be conducted sincerely and accurately.

In an editorial in the Chinese edition of the Global Times, the writer was “overjoyed” with their disqualifications, adding: “There must be a bottom line in Hong Kong’s political pluralism. All societies have their own bottom line. Hong Kong’s political freedom cannot break through legal boundaries.”

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The writer also said that “a resolute battle” is needed to deal with “extreme forces”. “If righteousness does not oppress evil, evil will be carried away, thinking it represents justice and the trend,” the writer said.

Global Times’ website also carried a report on Wednesday of the Hong Kong edition of Ta Kung Pao, which accused the two former legislators of leading “a life of debauchery”.

The report said that the large number of bottles of alcohol, snacks, stuffed toys, and German dictator Adolf Hilter’s autobiography were found in their offices in the Legislative Council Complex.

The Youngspiration pair had said they would seek an injunction to stop the government kicking them out of the Legislative Council, as well as lodging an appeal on Wednesday.