Scuffles break out between Hong Kong lawmakers as pro-China camp elects chair

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Scuffles break out between Hong Kong lawmakers as pro-China camp elects chair

The Telegraph

May 18, 2020 / 1.01 min

Clashes broke out in Hong Kong’s legislature after an announcement that pro-Beijing lawmaker Chan Kin-por was elected chair of a key committee.

With this victory, a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem, including it’s use for commercial purposes, will be passed shortly. Fines could go up to 50 000 Hong Kong dollars and prison sentences up to 3 years.

The growing concern is that this is just the latest page on what seems to be another step towards the end of the “One country, two systems” constitutional principle of the People’s Republic of China (describing the governance of Hong Kong and Macau).