Asia & Australia

November 08, 2016

Law Passed By China For Blocking Hong Kong Independence


Recently, a top legislative body in China passed an act to bar the recently elected lawmakers Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung from taking office in Hong Kong’s legislature. A statement was issued by a spokesperson of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office hailing the adoption of an interpretation of the Basic Law of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) as "absolutely necessary" and timely. The spokesperson said that China's top legislature adopted an interpretation to Article 104 that "demonstrates the central government's firm determination and will in opposing 'Hong Kong independence'."

The spokesperson also said that the interpretation "safeguards the authority of the Basic Law and the rule of law in Hong Kong" and "complies with the common aspiration of the entire Chinese people, including the compatriots in Hong Kong." Hong Kong police had fired pepper spray at protestors throwing bottles and road cones in clashes near China's representative office, where activists had gathered to demonstrate against Beijing's attempts to stop a fledgling independence movement.

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