The most powerful legal weapon in the Hong Kong government’s arsenal is the sweeping Emergency Regulations Ordinance. Illustration: Henry Wong

Is Hong Kong on the brink of declaring emergency rule to deal with anti-government protesters?

  • In a series of in-depth articles on the unrest rocking Hong Kong, the Post goes behind the headlines to look at the underlying issues, current state of affairs, and where it is all heading
  • In this latest instalment, the Post examines the most powerful legal weapon in the government’s arsenal, the sweeping Emergency Regulations Ordinance
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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The most powerful legal weapon in the Hong Kong government’s arsenal is the sweeping Emergency Regulations Ordinance. Illustration: Henry Wong
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Protesters use bamboo sticks as they face riot police during a protest in Hong Kong. Photo: AP

Can Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issue an emergency edict? Yes, but the legislature needs to approve it

  • One of Lam’s advisers said such a move would not need Legco approval, but Hong Kong itself told a UN commission in 1999 it would be subject to vetting
  • Legislation would confer upon administration very broad powers, if chief executive decides city is in state of ‘emergency or public danger’
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Protesters use bamboo sticks as they face riot police during a protest in Hong Kong. Photo: AP
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