‘Death threat’ with nine dead cockroaches sent to Hong Kong lawmaker Elizabeth Quat – ASEAN/East Asia


A pro-establishment legislator in Hong Kong received nine dead cockroaches in the mail on Monday, in what her staff considers to be a death threat.

The incident has been reported to police by Elizabeth Quat, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, reported the incident to police.

A few weeks earlier, Quat was one of several lawmakers who received a separate letter in the form of a warrant poster offering HK$500 to anyone who killed the justice minister and two civil servants who had contentiously disqualified candidates from the Legislative Council by-election in March.

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The barred hopefuls included Demosisto’s Agnes Chow, who lost the right to stand for election because her party advocated self-determination for Hong Kong.

“The letter [containing the insects] was sent to my office in Legco. My female colleague who is in charge of unfolding letters screamed out loud and jumped after spotting the dead cockroaches on it,” Quat said on Monday, about the latest incident, describing it as “very disgusting”.

“She was scared and was nearly in tears,” the lawmaker added.

Quat said that aside from the cockroaches and the earlier letter calling for the “assassinations”, she had previously received mail that contained white powder or even faeces.

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The lawmaker said intimidation was a criminal offence and warned members of the public not to risk the heavy penalty.

“I believe many would agree that lawmakers and public officers should not be intimidated, and they should not exercise their duties amid fear,” she said.

Police have categorised the case as a request for police investigation. No arrests have been made so far.

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