All of Hong Kong’s opposition MPs resigned en masse on Wednesday in protest of the removal of four of their colleagues by the local government. A new resolution from Beijing allows the Hong Kong government to remove dissident members of the Legislative Council.
The Hong Kong government confirmed on Thursday that twelve Democrats were notified by the Returning Officer that they were disqualified from running for the Hong Kong Legislative Council election in September. Potential candidates are questioned by the authorities before they are approved.
The Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region approved a controversial bill that criminalizes offenses against the anthem of the People’s Republic of China Thursday, a bill that the region’s opposition, and democrats at large, regard as undermining the territory’s autonomy.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong this Sunday to participate in a demonstration in demand of universal suffrage in legislative elections, scheduled for September this year. The protest was eventually canceled at the request of the police, which led to more clashes between security agents and the radical protesters.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was forced on Wednesday to stop delivering her speech on future policies for the Special Administrative Region. She had earlier tried to deliver the speech in the Legislative Council amid protests by parliamentarians. After a second attempt was interrupted by lawmakers, Lam ended up delivering the speech via video.