gly clashes have not only been confined to the streets of Hong Kong, they also play out in parliament.
Pro-Beijing lawmaker and provocateur extraordinaire Junius Ho was kicked out of a Legislative Council meeting on Monday afternoon when his quick temper flared during a debate procedure in electing a chairman and vice-chairman.
When he was challenged on a point by pro-democracy legislator Claudia Mo, Ho was responded by saying that she is “used to eating foreign sausage (食慣洋腸).”
Mo is married to a British man. They have two kids together.
Other lawmakers quickly raised a ruckus over the incident. Civic Party legislator Dennis Kwok, who was presiding over the session, asked Ho if he wanted to apologize for the comment.
Unsurprisingly, Ho declined, arguing that he was exercising his right of freedom of expression and that he already been called “scum” and told to “eat shit” by other lawmakers during the session.
Kwok then instructed security to escort Ho out of the meeting.
Afterward, Mo took the time to issue a statement in English on the incident:
“This is so blatantly sexist, racist, and it amounts to sexual harassment,” she said. “I just couldn’t believe that in this legislature that we could have somebody who could go that low, and I want to put it on the record that this person is just unfit to stay on as a legislator, and he’s a shame to the legal profession in Hong Kong.”
— Claudia Mo 毛孟靜 (@ClaudiaMCMo) October 15, 2019
Junius Ho is no stranger to controversy. Back in July, he was suspected as being behind an infamous metro station thug attack after he was seen shaking hands with some of the attackers.
Ho denied the charge, though he praised the thugs as “heroes” who were “protecting their community.”