Newly elected lawmaker Yau Wai-ching displays a banner with words reading Hong Kong is not China, thumbing her nose at Beijing at a swearing-in ceremony to start the legislative session.
Newly elected lawmaker Yau Wai-ching displays a banner with words reading Hong Kong is not China, thumbing her nose at Beijing at a swearing-in ceremony to start the legislative session. Kin Cheung

New Hong Kong MPs taunt China

HONG Kong's new breed of pro-democracy politicians have used the opening of parliament to protest, unfurling banners and distorting their parliamentary oaths in defiance of Beijing.

Localists Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung were ordered to their seats after displaying banners reading "Hong Kong is not China” and appearing to insert expletives and insults in the oath while deliberately mispronouncing China.

The oath recognises Hong Kong as part of China.

Six young pro-democracy newcomers were voted in at last month's fiercely contested legislative council elections. The vote reflects the hardening divide over Communist Party influence - and poses a headache for Beijing and Hong Kong's leader, Leung Chun-ying.

The election produced a strong swell in support for radical newcomers advocating autonomy or independence, especially among younger people.



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