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Ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Yau Wai-ching receives death threat and blade in the mail

A letter containing a death threat and a blade has been sent to ousted Youngspiration lawmaker Yau Wai-ching.

The handwriting of the letter was similar to another death threat sent to her party colleague Baggio Leung Chun-hang this week. The letter was signed by a “veteran red army underground party member,” similar to the letter Leung received.

The letter was sent to Yau’s Legislative Council office and forwarded to her party office. The letter was addressed to “anti-communist, whore.”

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Photo: Yau Wai-ching.

“You must be killed, anyone who is anti-communist must die: you must die. You must report to the police!” it read.

Yau, who studied Chinese at Lingnan University, joked that the letter included an incorrect character for “kill” in Chinese. The character for “kill” looks and sounds similar to the character for “shrine” or “monastery.”

Ejected from office

Yau and Leung protested during their oath-taking as they were being sworn in as lawmakers in October. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen subsequently lodged legal challenges against them for using a term deemed derogatory to Chinese people.

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Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching. File photo: Bobby Yip/Reuters.

Before the court handed down its ruling, Beijing’s top legislature issued an interpretation of the Basic Law which said lawmakers must take their oath of office sincerely and solemnly, or they would not be able to take their seats.

Following that, the duo lost their case in the initial hearing and in an ensuing appeal.

They have yet to decide whether to lodge an appeal to the Court of Final Appeal.

Ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Yau Wai-ching receives death threat and blade in the mail