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World Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

11:33  14 july  2017
11:33  14 july  2017 Source:   afp.com

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Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong 's parliament in a move that will worsen growing fears the city's freedoms are under serious

HONG KONG – Activists accused Beijing of crippling Hong Kong 's parliament on Friday, July 14, after 4 pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified .

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers Edward Yiu Chung-yim (L), Nathan Law (2nd L), Leung Kwok-hung also known as 'long hair' (C) and Lau Siu-lai (R) have been disqualified from parliament after changing their oaths of office© Provided by AFP Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers Edward Yiu Chung-yim (L), Nathan Law (2nd L), Leung Kwok-hung also known as 'long hair' (C) and Lau Siu-lai (R) have been disqualified from parliament after changing their oaths of office

Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong's parliament Friday in a move that will worsen growing fears the city's freedoms are under serious threat from Beijing.

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Former Umbrella Movement protest leader Nathan Law was among the group barred by the High Court judgement in a case brought by the city's Beijing-friendly government.

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It sought to remove them from the legislature for changing their oaths of office to reflect their frustrations with Chinese authorities last year.

The judgement comes after Beijing issued a special interpretation of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law, to insist that oaths be taken in a "sincere and solemn" manner.

The High Court said the interpretation was "binding" on all Hong Kong courts.

"The word 'solemn' bears the commonly understood meaning of being dignified and formal," the judgement said.

Concerns that China is squeezing semi-autonomous Hong Kong have sparked calls by some activists for self-determination or even independence for the city which have angered China.

The four legislators dismissed Friday were not staunchly pro-independence but two of them have advocated self-determination for Hong Kong.

The interpretation last November was prompted by a string of protests during the swearing in of lawmakers following citywide elections.

Two pro-independence legislators have already been disqualified by the High Court after they inserted expletives and draped themselves with "Hong Kong is not China" flags during their oath-taking.

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