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Opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong are resigning collectively to protest the expulsion of four pro-democratic lawmakers who Beijing considers to be a secession.
Prior to this, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China passed a resolution giving the Hong Kong authorities the power to bypass the local courts and eventually dismissed politicians who were deemed a threat to security. The resolution stipulated that four Hong Kong legislators who supported the Hong Kong democratic movement were immediately dismissed and therefore barred from running for re-election.
Democratic Party Chairman Wu Zhiwei said at a press conference: “Today, we announced that we will resign because our colleagues are being disqualified due to the ruthless actions of the central government.”
In total, the remaining 15 opposition lawmakers stated that they would resign and raise their prestige with their deposed colleagues, Yang Zhiyuan, Guo Jiaqi and Liang Qichao. Because of “endangering national security”, these four people were removed from the Hong Kong Legislative Council or the Legislative Council.
Wu Yi described the legislator’s strike as a “democratic struggle” at the press conference.
“[We] Never give up. “He said.
Guo Guotold, a member of the pro-democracy Civic Party told reporters: “It will be an honor for me to follow due process, protect systems and functions, and strive for democracy and human rights, which will lead to the cancellation of national conditions.”
Last year’s major protests were triggered by a proposed extradition bill that would allow some people accused of crimes in Hong Kong to be transferred to mainland China to face the courts there. The Hong Kong government eventually withdrew the bill, but Beijing subsequently passed a comprehensive national security law for the territory, which included severe penalties for anyone convicted of supporting secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, or collusion with foreign entities .
This new resolution effectively gives Beijing the veto power, which can veto who is a member of the Hong Kong legislature. Before the months of democratic protests, thousands of demonstrators poured into the streets of Hong Kong to oppose China’s suppression of freedom in the semi-autonomous territory.
Although long-awaited, after the US presidential election, the timing of Beijing’s action seems to be designed to test how far Washington can go if it is distracted by the legal dispute over the November 3 vote.
When Hong Kong was once a British colony and returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong was granted various protections and limited autonomy. However, Beijing has been steadily abolishing the guarantees in Hong Kong’s Basic Law designed to embody the “one country, two systems” governance philosophy.
Since the handover from the United Kingdom nearly a quarter of a century ago, the pro-democratic candidates in the Legislative Council have been indirectly elected members who are loyal to Beijing and hang aside. China refuses to allow Hong Kong to choose its own CEO.
“The Basic Law provides for the separation of the three powers, but today, the decision of the central government means that the separation of the three powers will be cancelled. All powers will be concentrated under the up of the chief executive-the central government. So today ends here. “One country, two system”.
Zhu Chuming, leader of the Hong Kong Democracy Committee, a radical organization based in Washington Direct current Tell the NPR that after Beijing passed national security measures against most dissidents, Hong Kong’s institutions have been slowly destroyed.
He said: “They bypassed the elections, now they bypass the courts, and they have bypassed the Basic Law in enforcing the National Security Law.”
He added: “This is the final stage.”