The Mass Resignation of Four Pro-democracy Lawmakers in Hong Kong
Wednesday (11 November) the pro-democracy camp declared its preference at a press conference just a few hours after the Hong Kong government announced that it would disqualify four pro-democracy legislators.
In addition, pro-democracy legislators have said that they would resign en masse following a decision by the city government to disqualify four pro-democracy legislators. The four pro-democracy legislatures are Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and, Kenneth Leung-from the legislature. There are several explanations for this, including one of the grounds for disqualification following the adoption by the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, which meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, of a resolution claiming that those who support Hong Kong's independence or refuse to accept Chinese sovereignty over the region, as well as carrying out actions that endanger national security, or urge foreign forces to intervene in city affairs, must be disqualified.
Upwards of 10,000 people were detained in Hong Kong during the pro-democracy demonstrations from June 2019 to September of this year.
Political unrest also took place in the city's legislature, with politicians breaking out in scuffles, filibustering votes, staging protests, and even vomiting foul-smelling liquids.
Ousting the legislature is Beijing's new attempt to question the Communist Party's authority and has been strongly criticized by international figures.
"This effort to threaten, stifle and disqualify democratic opposition undermines China's international legitimacy and threatens Hong Kong's long-term stability," said the United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
"This is just another instance of the Communist Party of China infringing on what remains of democracy in Hong Kong," said Lord Chris Patten, former Governor of Hong Kong.
"Today we will resign from our places, because our allies, our colleagues, have been disqualified by the merciless move of the national government," said Wu Chi-wai, convener of the pro-democracy camp at the press conference.
"Because we face a lot of difficulties in the coming future in the fight for democracy, we will never, never give up," he said.
Wu said that the pro-democracy lawmakers would hand out their letter of resignation on Thursday. At the press conference, pro-democracy lawmakers yelled "Hong Kong adds oil, we stand together while holding hands.
Source: CNA News Asia, sports grind entertainment
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