Date
12 January 2020
Pro-establishment members of the Kwai Tsing District Council leave the room as their pan-democratic colleagues sing "Glory to Hong Kong" during a meeting on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ
Pro-establishment members of the Kwai Tsing District Council leave the room as their pan-democratic colleagues sing "Glory to Hong Kong" during a meeting on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ

Pro-Beijing DC members slam singing of protest anthem at meeting

Pro-establishment members of the?Kwai Tsing District Council expressed dismay over the singing of “Glory to Hong Kong”, considered the anthem of the anti-government protest movement, during a meeting on Tuesday.

At the meeting presided over by?DC?chairman Sin Chung-kai of the Democratic Party, which now has the majority in the council following the Nov. 24 election, councilor Choi Nga-man motioned that the council members express their solidarity with the protest movement?that began in early June by singing a protest anthem, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

And so “Glory to Hong Kong” was played and pro-democracy members of the council sang along with it.

Three DC members from the pro-establishment Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong then voiced their concern over the incident, saying the playing and singing of the protest anthem did not comply?with the rules of procedure and should therefore be stopped.

Sin said he would handle the matter later, and then he stood up and joined the other pan-democratic councilors in singing the song.

Seeing the situation, five pro-establishment DC members left the room to express their discontent over the handling of the matter.

Commenting on what happened, pro-establishment lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong slammed the singing of the song as inappropriate.

The lyrics of the song presented a challenge to the “one country, two systems” principle and therefore the chairman should have stopped it from being sung during the meeting, Leung said.

She said DC members who sang the protest anthem might risk?violating their statement to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the Hong Kong special administrative region.

But Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan Siu-kin, also a member of the council, said he couldn’t see why the song conflicts with the “one country, two systems” principle.

Also on Tuesday,?the Yuen Long District Council voted in favor of a motion suggesting it set up a working group to look into the attacks that took place at the Yuen Long MTR Station on July 21 last year.

Tommy Cheung Sau-yin, former president of the Student Union of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who was elected to the council in November, was chosen to chair the task force.

The Yuen Long council,?which is dominated by pro-democracy members, also passed a motion demanding that the government establish an independent inquiry to look into claims of police brutality, RTHK reported.

On Wednesday, Zachary Wong Wai-yin of the Democratic Party, who was recently elected?chairman of the Yuen Long District Council, said it would continue to ask the authorities to respond to the July 21 incident.

If the police did not respond to written inquiries, the council would still work on a report as planned, Wong said.

He said he hoped the police would not criticize the report as biased simply because they were absent during the meetings of the working group.

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