Hong Kong MPs engage in confrontation in Parliament

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Two groups exchanged insults and jostling over a proposed law that, if passed, allowed a citizen to be extradited to mainland China and tried according to local law rather than the special Chinese administrative region.







Two groups of MEPs from Hong Kong have engaged in a physical fight over a proposed law that, if passed, allows a citizen to be extradited to mainland China and tried in accordance with local law and not that of the Chinese special administrative region.

Representatives of a pro-democracy party clashed with a group loyal to the Chinese administration in an exchange of shocks and insults so violent that one of the MPs, Gary Fan, was even hospitalized, according to the BBC. A “pro-Beijing” deputy said, according to the British newspaper, that this was “a sad day for Hong Kong.”







In pictures released by Reuters, it is possible to see that some of the MPs have climbed up the tables of parliament during the confrontation.

This proposal has been greatly contested, since the opposition in Hong Kong guarantees that it may call into question the autonomy of the territory’s criminal code vis-à-vis the Chinese administration. However, the authorities guarantee that the move is necessary to extradite a homicide suspect to Taiwan.