Hong Kong Protests (2014)

China bars two pro-independence Hong Kong legislators from office

China bars two pro-independence Hong Kong legislators from office

China’s parliament on Monday effectively banned two pro-independence legislators from taking office in Hong Kong, an unprecedented move that followed violent protests and stoked fears that the semi-autonomous territory’s relative independence is at risk.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee, in a rare interpretation of Hong Kong’s constitution, declared the city’s legislators must take their oaths “sincerely and solemnly,” and condemned separatist discussions as “dividing the country.” 

Officials responded to behavior last month by the democratically elected legislators during their swearing-in ceremony. Sixtus Leung, 30, and Yau Wai-ching, 25,...

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