Marchers take to streets day after Beijing’s top man in city slams ‘blasphemy’ in Legco oath-taking
By Tony Cheung
South China Morning Post
South China Morning Post
Zhang Xiaoming claims oath controversy involving Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching highlights need for patriotic education
Zhang Xiaoming, director of Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong, on Saturday. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong has upped the ante in the battle over political oath taking by accusing pro-independence lawmakers at the centre of the controversy of “blasphemy” and treating the wider local community like “idiots”.
Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, also stated the oath-taking controversy that erupted last month highlighted the need for “patriotic education in schools”.
Speaking at the Beijing-friendly Pui Kiu Middle School’s 70th anniversary dinner in Wan Chai on Saturday, Zhang addressed the topic of “lawmakers-elect who publicly advocated Hong Kong independence”.
“Unless they are assuming all people are idiots, they could not deny that they went against the procedure and blasphemed the oath’s content,” he said.
They could not deny that they went against the procedure and blasphemed the oath’s content
He described the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress as taking “necessary action in accordance with law and its responsibility”.
“Otherwise it would be neglecting the law and appeasing treason, and there would be no end to troubles in the future,” he said.
On October 12, pro-independence lawmakers-elect Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching pledged allegiance to a “Hong Kong nation” and used derogatory language to insult China during their swearing-in ceremony. Their actions prompted China’s top legislative body to issue a ruling on November 7 that lawmakers face instant disqualification for failing to take oaths “sincerely”.
The ruling came in the form of an interpretation of Article 104 of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which states that lawmakers must pledge allegiance to Hong Kong as part of China.
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