China wants to nip in the bud any talk of Hong Kong’s independence

Politics

A Communist Party-controlled newspaper in Hong Kong reported that senior party officials were so upset about the way two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers attempted to swear into office that "their lungs exploded."

Credit: Newly elected lawmaker Yau Wai-ching, 25, (centre R, blue dress) is restrained by security after attempting to take her Legislative Council oath as fellow lawmaker Eddie Chu, 38, (centre L) facing Baggio Leung (C) holds up a microphone for for him to read out his oath in Hong Kong on November 2, 2016. In the third consecutive week of chaos in the legislature, pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching entered the chamber despite being banned from doing so, pending the result of a judicial review into whether they can take up their seats. / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACEANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images