Fists fly in Hong Kong parliament as debate over extradition law boils over
The Saturday skirmish started after lawmakers in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council faced off over a series of laws that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China to face trial.
Video of the incident shows rival lawmakers pushing, shoving and jumping over one another as they tried to wrest control of the microphone. The chaos erupted around a swarm of reporters – making for some memorable videos and photographs.
There were chaotic scenes as politicians in Hong Kong broke out into a brawl in parliament, with one person being taken away on a stretcher.Watch more videos from Sky News here: https://t.co/hhDQuQ1toppic.twitter.com/pTNPLu7AEz— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 11, 2019
Pro-democracy legislator Gary Fan reportedly fainted and was carried out of the chamber in a stretcher and hospitalized, while one pro-Beijing lawmaker was seen with his arm in a sling.
The proposed amendments have been criticized as an assault on territory’s semi-autonomous status within China, but supporters of the move argue that Hong Kong needs to update its extradition rules in order to cooperate with its neighbors.
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