Protesting lawmakers yanked from Hong Kong legislature

Hong Kong passed a bill on Thursday (June 4) that would criminalize disrespect of China's national anthem, a move opponents see as the latest sign of Beijing's tightening grip there.

The disruption in the legislature came after pro-establishment lawmakers vetoed most amendments to the law proposed by democrats.

It also came after the legislature's president denied a request for a moment of silence for the Tiananmen Square crackdown, of which Thursday is its 31st anniversary.

Some lawmakers stood in silence anyway and then exited the chamber in protest.