Pro-democracy leaders barred from running in Hong Kong elections

“Beijing has now staged the biggest ever crackdown on the city’s election by disqualifying nearly all pro-democracy runners from young progressive groups to traditional moderate parties,” Wong said in a statement. senators in dispute over religious persecution

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Hong Kong has disqualified candidates from elections before, but not on this scale, and there is concern that it may seek to postpone the September vote entirely citing public health and the coronavirus.”In order to safeguard the city’s future, Hong Kongers will not surrender,” Wong said. “Our resistance will continue, and we hope the world can stand with us in the upcoming uphill battle.”
First published on July 30, 2020 / 12:34 PM Popular pro-democracy politicians barred from running in upcoming Hong Kong elections

By Haley Ott

July 30, 2020 / 12:34 PM
/ CBS News

Impact of national security law on Hong Kong

Impact of national security law on Hong Kong

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A dozen pro-democracy candidates have been disqualified from running in Hong Kong’s upcoming election, the government said Thursday, adding that more people could be disqualified ahead of the scheduled September 6 vote. Prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was one of the 12 people barred from running due to his opposition to China’s new “national security” law, along with some members of a moderate opposition group, the Civic Party. Under the new law, people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city can be charged with things like “sedition” and “secession,” put on trial in mainland courts, and potentially face sentences of life in prison. “No matter what happens, I still have faith, hope and trust in Hong Kong people, and we will continue to have our democracy movement.”

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China bans U.S. In a letter outlining the reasons why Wong was disqualified, the government said, citing his past social media posts, that his “expression of an objection in principle to the enactment of National Security Law demonstrates to an objective reasonable person that the Candidate does not embrace, promote and support the fundamental principle of ‘one country, two systems,’ and therefore objectively cannot have the intention to uphold the Basic Law.””The excuse they used is that I described the national security law as a draconian law,” Wong said. Few minutes ago, I was just disqualified from running in the upcoming LegCo election in #Hongkong, even though I got the highest vote share in the primary, w/ 30000+ votes obtained pic.twitter.com/sC3XWbBlsq— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) July 30, 2020

The crackdown comes after the passage of a wide-ranging and vague new “national security” law by Beijing, which came into effect in Hong Kong earlier this month. Critics have called the law an effective end to free speech in Hong Kong, which until its passage, had its freedoms enshrined under a policy known as “one country, two systems.”

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“The disqualification of myself and… other pro-democracy candidates from #HongKong’s #LegCo #election further exposes the true nature of the #NationalSecurityLaw,” Kwok Ka-ki, a Civic Party member who was also disqualified from the upcoming vote, said on Twitter.Candidates in Hong Kong’s legislative elections are required to pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and its de facto constitution, the Basic Law. “Clearly, Beijing shows a total disregard for the will of all Hong Kongers, tramples on the city’s last pillar of vanishing autonomy, and attempts to keep Hong Kong’s legislature under its firm grip.”
[I was just disqualified from LegCo election, despite being the biggest winner in #Hkprimaries]1.