Hong Kong lawmakers clash as pro-Beijing camp elects chair

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes have broken out in Hong Kong’s legislature for a second time this month as a pro-Beijing lawmaker was elected as chair of a key committee that scrutinizes bills. Monday’s vote ended a prolonged struggle for control between the pro-Beijing and the pro-democracy camps. A pro-Beijing lawmaker who was appointed to preside over the election ejected a majority of pro-democracy lawmakers for disorderly conduct before calling for a vote. Pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee won easily. Her election will likely speed up the passing of a controversial bill that would criminalize abuse of the Chinese national anthem.