Hong Kong Bars Pro-independence Politician From Upcoming Poll

July 30, 2016/ Originally Posted at VOA News

A top pro-independence politician in Hong Kong has been barred from running in the territory’s September legislative elections.

Andy Chan, the founder of the Hong Kong National Party, was one of at least 13 pro-democracy candidates who refused to sign a new required pledge stating that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China. The city government announced Saturday that he has been disqualified from running. Continue reading “Hong Kong Bars Pro-independence Politician From Upcoming Poll”

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Beijing expects young pro-democracy ‘radicals’ to become Hong Kong lawmaker: SCMP

15 March 2016 / Reuters

Beijing accepts that several young pro-democracy “radicals” will be elected to Hong Kong’s law making Legislative Council in September, a Hong Kong newspaper cited a top Chinese official as saying, as tensions in the city over independence remain high.

Beijing refusal grant the former British colony full democracy has embittered a younger generation of activists, which culminated in massive protests in 2014. Continue reading “Beijing expects young pro-democracy ‘radicals’ to become Hong Kong lawmaker: SCMP”