Hong Kong, China:
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers said on Wednesday they would all resign, after China was given the power to disqualify the city’s politicians as a national security threat and shut out four of their allies.
The resignations are the latest setback for the city’s controversial pro-democracy movement, which has continued since China systematically enforces national security laws, including social media posts and arrests of activists fleeing to the city. ‘foreign.
“We belong to the pro-democracy camp, will be alongside our allies. We will resign, ”said chief of 15 pro-democracy lawmakers Wu Chi-wai.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Hong Kong government ousted four pro-democracy members following a ruling by major Chinese legal committees that officials in the semi-autonomous city were seen as a threat to national security by not going through courts. The legislator can suppress.
Beijing’s leader is elected by pro-Beijing committees, but half of its 70 legislative seats are elected directly, giving the city’s 7.5 million residents a rare chance to be heard in the ballot.
Mass resignation would quit the legislature created almost entirely along the Beijing line.
Hong Kong’s inability to elect its leaders and all its MPs has been at the center of inflammatory protests for the Beijing regime that sparked months of huge and often violent protests over the past year.
China passed a security law in June to prevent protests, describing it as a “sword” over the heads of critics.
Denis Kwok, one of the four expelled, said on Wednesday: “If he was disqualified while following due process, protecting systems and functions and fighting for democracy and human rights, it would be my honor”.
The quartet were initially banned from running in the city’s legislative elections – scheduled for September 6 – after calling on the United States to ban authorities in Hong Kong.
Those elections have been postponed, with officials blaming the coronovirus.
Hong Kong pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam said the disqualifications were “constitutional, legal, just and necessary”.
More than 10,000 people have been arrested during pro-democracy protests, and the courts are now littered with trials – many involving opposition MPs and prominent activists.
Critics say the law’s widespread provision is a blow to the fickle independence China promised Hong Kong to maintain after British colonial rule ended in 1997.
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