Hong Kong opposition quits as China moves to quash dissent

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s legislature will have no opposition lawmakers if members of the pan-democratic camp follow through on their threat to resign en masse on Thursday (Nov 12), adding to growing fears that Beijing wants to crush dissent and create a rubber-stamp Parliament.

This comes after China’s top legislative body passed a resolution on Wednesday that required Hong Kong lawmakers to be patriots, widely viewed as a move to curb debate in a city that had managed to thrive on it.

The resolution of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) stated that legislators who promote or support Hong Kong independence, refuse to acknowledge China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong, ask external forces to interfere in the territory’s affairs or commit other acts that threaten national security should be disqualified.

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