PRO-DEMOCRACY POLITICIANS BARRED FROM THE OFFICE




The government filed a lawsuit against the Hong Kong Legislative Council’s pro-democracy member Lau Siu-lai, who took 10 minutes to read her 77-word oath of allegiance of People's Republic of China.

During the past few weeks, the Hong Kong government barred two pro-democracy members of the city’s parliament, Yau Wai-ching and Leung Chung-hang after the pair were not sincere on the oath of allegiance and launched anti-China protest during a swearing-in ceremony. Now the government filed a lawsuit against a third member of the parliament Lau Siu-lai, alleging that she was not sincere during a swearing-in ceremony last month.

Since Lau read the oath, swearing allegiance to the the Hong Kong special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China in slow motion, taking 10 minutes to read her 77-word oath of allegiance. That attempt was invalidated and she was allowed to retake the oath but she said on Facebook “a slow reading of the oath shows that it was fabricated”.

The Council has founded in 1843 as an advisory body to Hong Kong' colonial British governor, and today it functions as the city' parliament. It got its first Chinese member in 1884 and has been fully elected since 1995. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council consists of a total of 70 members, 35 from geographical constituencies (GCs) chosen by popular vote, 35 from functional constituencies (FCs) chosen by special interest groups, 5 from super seat elected from a shortlist of district councilors. Six pro-democracy activists have won seats on the council in September.

After many years of British domination, Britain handed Hong Kong to China in 1997. Hong Kong was playing the role of a liberated territory in the country by protecting freedom of expression and independent judiciary under a framework known as “one country, two systems”. However, it seems that the Hong Kong government and Beijing are becoming increasingly hostile to the city's democratic movement.

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