Hong Kong has expelled four anti-democracy opposition lawmakers. This removal was effective immediately. Earlier, Beijing approved a resolution giving the region’s government the power to disqualify politicians, a threat to national security. The decision to expel the four MPs is being seen as another attempt to veil the region’s independence. Many more pro-democracy lawmakers are expected to resign in protest against the Hong Kong government’s decision. On Wednesday, this information was revealed by the report of the British media BBC.
Protests erupted in the region last June when the Chinese government enacted a new security law for Hong Kong. Democrats see Chinese government legislation as an attempt to cover up independence. In addition to widespread protests, several senior officials, including Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, have faced international restrictions on the law. However, Beijing is not taking into account protests and sanctions.
The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress has approved a new proposal to disqualify Hong Kong politicians. The resolution stated that MPs were disqualified if they supported Hong Kong’s independence, denying China’s sovereignty, interfering in regional affairs or otherwise invoking foreign powers to jeopardize national security Will go. The motion further states that the Hong Kong government can directly disqualify MPs involved in such activities without the approval of the court.
Soon after the proposal was approved in Beijing, the regional government disqualified four MPs from Hong Kong’s parliament. Among the MPs to be expelled from parliament are Civic Party’s Alvin Young, Koike Ke-ke and Denise Koike. Also Kenneth Leenag of the Professional Guild Team.
The four expelled MPs are considered moderates and have never supported Hong Kong independence. “It would be an honor to expel me if there is proper monitoring of the process, the procedures and their application, and the consequences of the fight for democracy and human rights,” Denis Kock told reporters on Wednesday. The legalist was detained by the Hong Kong government.
Pro-democracy lawmakers have 19 seats in the 80-seat parliament in Hong Kong. If any of them are disqualified, they have announced their resignation last Monday.