Hong Kong Politics & Protest

In Pictures: Hong Kong’s disqualified legislators pack up and leave their offices

Four Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators disqualified from their seats by a government legal challenge have packed up and left their offices on Friday afternoon.

Two weeks ago, the High Court ousted Leung Kwok-hung, Lau Siu-lai, Nathan Law and Edward Yiu over the ways in which they took their oaths of office last October. The Legislative Council Secretariat ordered them to pack up and vacate their offices in the legislative complex by 5pm Friday.

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Disqualified legislators Edward Yiu, Nathan Law, Leung Kwok-hung and Lau Siu-lai on the day of the court ruling. Photo: Elson Tong/HKFP.

A total of six lawmakers have been ousted since Beijing’s interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law last November to clarify how they should have taken their oaths.

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Veteran New Territories East lawmaker Leung has held his seat since 2004. His assistant Figo Chan told HKFP on Thursday that his team packed up over 100 boxes of books in his 10th floor office.

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Leung Kwok-hung’s office the day before he left. Photo: Leung Kwok-hung via Facebook.

“That doesn’t include his protest items and props, or his documents,” said Chan. “So we’ve been packing for a very long time.”

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Leung Kwok-hung in his near-empty office. Photo: Apple Daily.

Leung told Apple Daily on Friday that fellow pro-democracy lawmakers Ray Chan and Fernando Cheung have offered to hire him as a consultant so he can continue to work in the legislature.

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Leung Kwok-hung’s vacated office. Photo: Leung Kwok-hung.

Outside architectural sector lawmaker Yiu’s 9th floor office on Friday was a sticker reading “I want true universal suffrage” – a slogan from the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests.

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Outside Edward Yiu’s vacated office. Photo: Elson Tong/HKFP.

Taped to his door was a quote from 20th century American general Douglas McArthur when his troops were forced out of the Philippines during the Japanese invasion in WWII: “I came out of Bataan and I shall return!”

The former Chinese University of Hong Kong professor said on Thursday that he may not appeal the High Court decision to oust him, but wished to run in his sector’s by-election to regain his seat.

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Edward Yiu’s vacated office. Photo: Edward Yiu via Facebook.

According to RTHK, he left behind five desktop computers, three laptops and one tablet computer, which his team bought using the legislature’s operating expenses.

“The sky is blue outside – I should go out and take a walk,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’ll be back soon.”

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Outside Nathan Law’s office. Photo: Elson Tong/HKFP.

Hong Kong’s youngest-ever legislator Nathan Law had his office on the same floor of the Legislative Council complex. He vacated Room 901, but left behind several posters opposing his disqualification.

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Inside Nathan Law’s vacated office. Photo: Elson Tong/HKFP.

Law spent his final hours at his Legislative Council office being interviewed by a small group of journalists on his nine months as a lawmaker.

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Nathan Law’s vacated office. Photo: Facebook/Nathan Law.

“All of us in the office are from the post-1990s generation,” he said. “Room 901 was not only a very young office, it played a huge role in defeating the misconception that young people are incapable of entering politics.”

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Nathan Law. Photo: Elson Tong/HKFP.

Lau declined media requests to film her departure from her 10th floor office, but joined her three colleagues in protest as they departed from the Legislative Council building on Friday afternoon.

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The four disqualified lawmakers as they departed from the Legislative Council on Friday. Photo: Elson Tong/HKFP.

“The disqualification of lawmakers is a disgrace!” they shouted. “We will keep fighting!”

In Pictures: Hong Kong's disqualified legislators pack up and leave their offices