Clashes erupt as newly elected pro-democracy officials in Hong Kong ousted by Beijing
- As many as 10 newly elected members to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council may lose their seats as the Chinese government has declared that improperly declared oaths of office disqualify them from office.
- The Chinese parliament passed a resolution removing two newly elected Hong Kong officials for inserting a slur against China and a pledge to the “Hong Kong nation” in their oaths.
- Thousands of protesters (including a large contingent of lawyers) took to the street, in demonstration against the government’s stance, clashing with police and denouncing increased intervention from Beijing into semi-autonomous Hong Kong’s affairs.
“8 More Pro-Democracy Lawmakers in Hong Kong May Lose Seats” (The New York Times)
“Clashes, Pepper Spray in Hong Kong Amid Angry Protests Over China’s Intervention” (Radio Free Asia)
“China moves to bar Hong Kong activists as fears grow over intervention” (Reuters)
(Image Credit: Vincent Yu/Associated Press, via The New York Times)