Hong Kong on Wednesday disqualified four opposition members of Parliament for jeopardizing security, raising the likelihood of a strike by democratic legislators against what they think China is taking over the city more strongly.
The deportation came shortly after the Chinese parliament adopted a resolution that would allow the deportation of lawmakers deemed to support Hong Kong’s independence, collusion with foreign powers, or threaten national security without going through court.
On Monday, 19 Democrats in the city council, who held 70 seats at the time, threatened to resign all at once if they were disqualified.
The city’s legislative committee is controlled by the pro-Beijing camp, but the resignation of pro-democracy lawmakers will make it a rubber stamp.
The opposition party has been struggling to confront many of the former British colonies, who, despite promising high levels of autonomy, saw China as abusive of freedom and institutional checks and balances.
“My mission as a legislator fighting for democracy and freedom cannot continue, but if the people of Hong Kong continue to struggle for Hong Kong’s core values, I will definitely be with you,” said Kwok Ka-Ki, one of the disqualified lawmakers. Said to .
China denies curbing the rights and freedoms of its global financial hub, but authorities in Hong Kong and Beijing quickly repressed opposition after an anti-government protest broke out in June last year, putting the city into crisis.
In a statement, the city government said that four lawmakers Kwok, Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok and Kenneth Leung were deported from Congress for endangering national security. It was not elaborate.
Of the 12 lawmakers, they were disqualified from legislative elections for a variety of reasons, including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to new national security laws.
As Joe Biden prepares to take over Donald Trump to the US, it is likely to add to Western concerns about Hong Kong’s autonomy, which it officially promised “one country, two regimes” when Britain handed over it to China in 1997. President who promised to promote democracy around the world.
Dennis Kwak told reporters, “This completely violates the proper procedures of’one country, two systems’ and ignores basic human rights.”
The resolution of the Supreme Decision-Making Body in the Chinese Parliament came amid the frustrations of Hong Kong pro-North Koreans over opposition’delay tactics’ to hinder legislation.
In Hong Kong, it has long been common in Hong Kong, where only half of the 70 seats in the legislature are elected and the other half are stacked as pro-Beijing figures.
This month, eight opposition politicians were arrested in connection with a confused May Legislative Committee meeting.
On June 30, Beijing introduced a full-scale national security bill to the city that punishes anything China considers to be conspiracy with foreign powers, including subversion, separatism, terrorism, and life imprisonment.
Since then, authorities have removed some democratic books from libraries, banned certain songs and other activities at school, declared some slogans illegal, and raided anti-government tabloid newsrooms.
Critics say the authorities are trying to eliminate the momentum of the democratization movement. Government supporters say authorities are working to restore stability to China’s freest city after a year of unrest.