have been turfed out of the Legislative Council; and one of
the others is in danger of meeting the same fate
And even being Hong Kong's "king of votes" may not be able
to save Eddie Chu Hoi Dick from the same fate :(
The Hong Kong and Communist Chinese governments appear to be combining to making sick joke after sick joke at democracy's expense. On Bastille Day last Friday, it arranged for the disqualification of four elected lawmakers on technicalities. On Saturday, the 30th anniversary of the lifting of martial law in Taiwan, news came from across the Mainland Chinese-Hong Kong border that Liu Xiaobo had been denied a burial on Chinese soil and, instead, had had his ashes scattered into the sea.
And now, on Nelson Mandela Day, comes speculation that at least nine other pro-democracy lawmakers are at risk of suffering the same fate as the six politicians already booted out of the Legislative Council. Among this group are the Eddie Chu Hoi-Dick, whose 84,121 votes received at last year's Legislative Council elections certainly puts Carrie Lam's voting numbers to shame, and Hong Kong's first openly gay legislator, Raymond Chan.
Their supposed crime? Would you believe that it's not having taken their oath of office, as can be seen by their adding words at their swearing-in that ranged from slogans calling for true democracy, self-identifying as a Hong Konger and demanding the resignation of then Chief Executive, Leung Chun Ying to a proclamation that the Umbrella Movement had lost but not died to calls for democratic self-determination for Hong Kong and the death of tyranny? And if you think this all sounds pretty farcical, join the crowd!