Beijing’s Heavy Hand Draws Hong Kong Lawyers to the Street in Protest

More than 1,000 lawyers have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, marching in protest of Beijing’s heavy-handed interference in the local political system.

 

The News Lens
Date: 2016/11/08
By: Mo Tz-pin

Enough is enough: The Hong Kong Bar Association has slammed Beijing’s interference as

REUTERS/Bobby Yip
REUTERS/Bobby Yip

doing more harm than good.
China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) yesterday officially adopted a new interpretation of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region; the decision will effectively bar at least two pro-independence legislators from taking their seats in the Legislative Council (LegCo).

The interpretation will prevent Sixtus “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang (梁頌恆) and Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎) from entering Hong Kong’s parliament. The newly-elected lawmakers are at the center of the oath-taking controversy after modifying their oaths and using derogatory terms against China in October. Other legislators may also be impacted.    [FULL  STORY]

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