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All Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers resign as Beijing moves to quash opposition

  • Published at 04:53 pm November 11th, 2020
Hong Kong Pro-democracy Lawmakers
Pan-democratic legislators including Wu Chi-Wai, Claudia Mo and Lam Cheuk-ting announced to resign from the Legislative Council after Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki, Kenneth Leung and Dennis Kwok were disqualified when China passed a new resolution, in Hong Kong on November 11, 2020 Reuters

The move will raise further concern in the West about the level of Hong Kong's autonomy, promised under a ‘one country, two systems’ formula

All Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers announced their resignation on Wednesday in protest over the expulsion of four of their colleagues, reports CNN.

The resignations are the latest blow to the city's beleaguered pro-democracy movement, which has been under sustained attack since China imposed a sweeping national security law, including arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.

Earlier Wednesday the Hong Kong government ousted four pro-democracy members minutes after one of China's top lawmaking committees ruled that authorities in the semi-autonomous city could remove any legislator deemed a threat to national security without going through the courts.

Hong Kong's leader is chosen by pro-Beijing committees, but half of its legislature's 70 seats are directly elected, offering the city's 7.5 million residents a rare chance to have their voices heard at the ballot box.

The mass resignation will leave the legislature composed almost entirely of those toeing Beijing's line.

The inability of Hong Kongers to elect their leaders and all of their lawmakers has been at the heart of swelling opposition to Beijing's rule that sparked months of huge and often violent protests last year.

China passed the security law in June to quell the protests, describing it as a "sword" hanging over the head of its critics.

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