Pan-democratic legislators including Wu Chi-Wai, Claudia Mo and Lam Cheuk-ting announced to resign from the Legislative Council after Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki, Kenneth Leung and Dennis Kwok were disqualified when China passed a new resolution in Hong Kong, China November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

More than a dozen pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators resigned in protest after their government dismissed four of their colleagues. Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung were removed from office after Beijing granted new authority designed to curb dissent. The new authority from the central Chinese government allows the expulsion of any elected official who appears to support Hong Kong’s independence. 

One of the 15 legislators, Wu Chi-wai, stated, “Today we will resign from our positions, because our partners, our colleagues have been disqualified by the central government’s ruthless move,” adding that he and his colleagues would continue to fight for democracy. Fernando Cheung, another of the lawmakers, stated, “This move makes it clear that dictatorship has descended on to Hong Kong and that the Chinese Communist Party can eradicate all opposing voices in the legislature.”

This is the latest development in an ongoing conflict between pro-democracy advocates and the Chinese Communist Party after Beijing imposed a  security law on Hong Kong that enacts harsh punishment for anyone the state claims is subverting its authority. The newest legislation grants veto power to the party over who is allowed to serve as a lawmaker in Hong Kong. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

China Targets Hong Kong’s Lawmakers as It Squelches Dissent – New York Times – 11/11/2020
The targeting of the democratically elected lawmakers comes at a time when democratic ideals, and the countries that have traditionally championed them, have been plunged into uncertainty. American officials have protested Hong Kong’s treatment and imposed sanctions on the territory and some of its leaders. But the tumultuous presidential election, in which President Trump has refused to accept the results of the vote, and the devastating spread of the coronavirus have weakened Washington’s standing on such issues.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers to resign after 4 legislators disqualified for ‘endangering security’ – Fox News – 11/11/2020
At least 19 pro-democracy lawmakers are formally expected to announce their resignation Wednesday after Beijing disqualified the four legislators. They had attempted to stand up against what many believe is Beijing’s grip over the financial hub, amid promises of autonomy.

Asia-Pacific stocks mixed as Chinese tech shares in Hong Kong plunge – CNBC – 11/11/2020
Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent dropped 9.8% and 7.39%, respectively. JD.com also fell 9.2% while Meituan declined 9.67%.%. That came after China’s State Administration for Market Regulation on Tuesday announced a set of draft guidelines aimed at curbing monopolistic behavior on internet platforms.

Dark sides of four disqualified Hong Kong opposition lawmakers exposed [State-Controlled Media] – Ecns – 11/11/2020
In October, Kwok Ka-ki posted insulting comments against Hong Kong’s police force on social media. It was not the first time he fanned hatred against the police. In the ugly episode last year when a police officer was knifed by a student, he did not condemn the attacker but portrayed the incident as “police brutality.” Between June 9, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2020, 10,148 people were arrested in Hong Kong for suspected involvement in violence linked to the now withdrawn proposed ordinance amendments. Among them, 2,325 have been indicted. Many rioters were brainwashed by the disqualified lawmakers who practiced the “burn with us” tactic.

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