Lawmakers removed from Hong Kong Legislative Council

Two pro-democracy lawmakers removed from Hong Kong Legislative Council

Riot police take part in a crowd dispersal operation in the Central district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city's legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China's national anthem.

Two pro-democracy lawmakers were removed from Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Thursday where lawmakers were debating a bill that would make disrespect of China's national anthem a criminal offence.

Tensions have ramped up in the global financial centre after Beijing proposed national security legislation that has stoked concerns over freedoms in the Chinese-ruled city.

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