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Disqualified Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers arrested

Youngspiration pair arrested over November incident

Published: April 26, 2017 10:39 AM GMT

Updated: April 26, 2017 10:45 AM GMT

Disqualified Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers arrested

Yau Wai-ching from Youngspiration being interviewed before a rally in November 2016. Yau, and another disqualified pro-independence lawmaker, have been arrested over an incident that occurred in November, 2016. (ucanews.com photo)

Two disqualified pro-independence lawmakers in Hong Kong were arrested for unlawful assembly on April 26.

Baggio Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching from Youngspiration, which advocates Hong Kong independence, were both arrested at their homes, according to Yau's Facebook account. Three of their former assistants were also reportedly been arrested.

They were arrested over a Nov. 22 incident where they tried to enter a council meeting after being barred from entering the Legco chamber that day.  

Civil Human Rights Front have condemned the arrests.

"Even [if] the Youngspiration has controversial political proposition, we have to respect the public support they got and the election result which cannot be denied," the rights group said in a statement.

The Youngspiration duo are facing a final appeal for their disqualification as lawmakers. They were disqualified for inserting their own words into the official vow used during the swearing-in process.

On March 27, a day after Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was selected to be the next Chief Executive, the police charged nine key participants of the 2014 Umbrella Movement with conspiracy to commit public nuisance.

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