Claudia Mo is to move a motion of censure against fellow lawmaker Junius Ho at the legislature over his remarks on killing independence advocates “without mercy.”

At a press conference on Thursday, Mo pledged to raise the motion during a House Committee meeting on Friday. If it fails to receive enough votes, she will raise it again at a Legislative Council session on October 18.

Mo said that Ho’s words were publicly advocating violence and violated his vow as a lawmaker to serve the people of Hong Kong. She urged pro-Beijing lawmakers not to shield him: “This kind of verbal violence has reached the point of misbehaviour, and he violated his oath – his oath to… serve the people of Hong Kong as a lawmaker.”

The motion is supported by Eddie Chu, Ray Chan and Leung Yiu-chung.

Under LegCo’s Rules of Procedure, the LegCo president shall declare that a member is no longer qualified for the office when he or she is censured for misbehaviour or breach of oath by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.

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At an anti-independence rally last month, rural leader Tsang Shu-wo said onstage that pro-independence activists should be “killed,” and Ho shouted “without mercy” in response. Ho also told reporters afterwards: “If those who are pro-independence lead to the subversion of the fate of the country and cause the 1.3 billion people in Hong Kong and China to pay an enormous price for it, why shouldn’t these people be killed?”

‘They will not succeed’ 

In response, Junius Ho accused Mo and others of exaggerating words uttered at the rally whilst staying silent on pro-independence remarks made by students on campus. He said such comments were “cold-blooded” and “hurt the motherland’s compatriots and insult others.”

Junius Ho at the anti-independence rally. Photo: Facebook/Junius Ho.

“From the beginning, I have not been worried about their censure motion, because they will not succeed. Instead, I urge them to do more practical things, do more good things, and not waste taxpayers’ money and the legislative council’s time.”

Ho has said that he used the wrong words in the heat of the moment, and has also claimed that Tsang uttered the word “to stop” instead of “to kill,” which sound the same in Cantonese.

Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.