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Hong Kong legislature erupts in clashes over key committee control

Pro-democracy lawmakers stall selection to delay passage of national anthem law

Members of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, the city's de facto parliament, scuffle during a House Committee meeting in Hong Kong on Friday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- A meeting in Hong Kong's legislature on Friday descended into physical clashes among lawmakers, as members from opposing parties fought for the chairman role of a key committee that will determine whether important bills, including a controversial national anthem law, can be passed before the current legislative term ends in July.

The Legislative Council House Committee meeting saw lawmakers pushing and scuffling with each other, and several pro-democracy lawmakers were evicted from the meeting venue by security guards.

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