Pro-China media hit out at pro-independence duo

Ms Yau Wai Ching's office inside the Legislative Council building. The Ta Kung Pao newspaper accused Ms Yau and fellow disqualified legislator Sixtus Leung of leading a "life of debauchery".
Ms Yau Wai Ching's office inside the Legislative Council building. The Ta Kung Pao newspaper accused Ms Yau and fellow disqualified legislator Sixtus Leung of leading a "life of debauchery".PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG • A number of mainland and pro-Beijing media outlets have kept up their attacks on Mr Sixtus Leung and Ms Yau Wai Ching.

The two pro-independence lawmakers were disqualified by a Hong Kong court on Tuesday after altering their oaths of office on Oct 12 to include insults against China.

Ta Kung Pao yesterday ran an editorial saying the outcome was most gratifying.

Others said they were "overjoyed" by their disqualification and accused them of leading "a life of debauchery", reported the South China Morning Post.

"There must be a bottom line in Hong Kong's political pluralism. All societies have their own bottom line. Hong Kong's political freedom cannot break through legal boundaries," the Global Times said in its editorial, adding that "a resolute battle" was needed to deal with "extreme forces".

"If righteousness does not oppress evil, evil will be carried away, thinking it represents justice and the trend," it said.

The Global Times website also carried a Ta Kung Pao article which accused the two disqualified legislators of leading "a life of debauchery". The report said that a large number of bottles of alcohol, snacks, stuffed toys and Adolf Hilter's autobiography were found in their offices in the Legislative Council complex.

Ta Kung Pao said there were more than 10 bottles of alcohol, adding that some were empty.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2016, with the headline 'Pro-China media hit out at pro-independence duo'. Print Edition | Subscribe