Pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong have actually resigned en masse after 4 of them were expelled from the area’s parliament under a Chinese law prohibiting advocates of self-reliance from holding office.
Authorities in Hong Kong stated in a statement the four lawmakers – Kwok Ka-ki, Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok and Kenneth Leung – were gotten rid of from the assembly for threatening nationwide security.
The 19 members of the opposition previously stated they would resign in protest and confirmed they would send letters of resignation on Thursday.
The banning of the four followed meetings of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The committee passed a resolution to disqualify those who support Hong Kong’s independence or refused to acknowledge China’s sovereignty over the city, China’s main Xinhua news company said.
Asking outsiders to interfere in the area’s affairs is also prohibited under the new law, as is any act that threatens national security.
Wu Chi-wai, convener of the parliament’s pro-democracy group, stated at the news conference: “Today we will resign from our positions, due to the fact that our partners, our colleagues, have been disqualified by the central federal government’s callous move.
” We are facing a great deal of difficulties in the coming future for the fight of democracy, however we will never, never quit.”
At a news conference validating their disqualification, Dennis Kwok stated: “From our viewpoint this is clearly in breach of standard law and our rights to participate in public affairs, and a failure to observe due procedure.”
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Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s president, backed Beijing’s stance, stating anyone who could not uphold the law and promise obligation to Hong Kong should be disqualified as a legislator at an instruction on Wednesday.
Wang Wenbin, a representative for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated it was necessary to keep the rule of law and to keep to and enhance the “one nation, two systems’ principle”, which specifies Hong Kong’s relationship with China.
Analysis: Beijing tightens its grip
By Tom Cheshire, Asia correspondent
This is, in result, the end of political opposition in Hong Kong.
All opposition members of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong’s parliament, have resigned, after the government disqualified four of its members.
The 4 opposition lawmakers had actually already been disqualified from running in the held off, upcoming elections for the Legal Council, for calling on foreign governments to sanction Beijing and Hong Kong.
But the legal difference is probably marginal compared to the bigger truth: Beijing has control of Hong Kong, and every day that control seems to get tighter.
Without any official political representation, the only other places for opposition is demonstration.
This year, however, Hong Kong has actually not seen the mass demonstrations – which frequently turned violent – of last year.