Hong Kong’s Debarring of Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Casts Doubt on Poll: Report

RFA: Luisetta Mudie

The removal of elected pro-democracy lawmakers from office and the disqualification of fresh candidates by election officials ahead of Sunday‘s Legislative Council (LegCo) by election in Hong Kong has cast doubt on the legitimacy of the forthcoming poll, a rights group has said.

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Hong Kong: Beijing rigs legislative by-elections

Demosisto’s Agnes Chow is blocked from standing in March by-election with others likely to follow


As widely feared the Chinese dictatorship has begun blocking pro-democracy candidates from standing in upcoming by-elections to fill four of the seats left empty after the ousting of six opposition legislators last year. The move is the latest in Hong Kong’s creeping coup against the mass democracy movement.

Agnes Chow Ting, a 21-year-old spokesperson for Demosisto, a Continue reading “Hong Kong: Beijing rigs legislative by-elections”

A January of discontent: Hong Kong’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists gathers pace

Kong Tsung-gan, HKFP

The unprecedented Hong Kong government crackdown on the pro-democracy movement continues apace, and this month is set to be its busiest yet. Below is an overview of January court dates in government prosecutions of pro-democracy leaders and activists: four trials definitely, six trials probably, and 55 defendants.

Since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, the Hong Kong government, under the influence if not direction of the Communist Party, has carried out a wide-ranging and unprecedented attack on the pro-democracy movement.

This attack has taken several forms, including the suddenly imposed requirement of new loyalty pledges by candidates for public office, the Electoral Affairs Commission’s arbitrary disqualification of potential candidates on political grounds, the denial of public space – including venues for demonstrations and New Year’s market stalls – on spurious grounds of “public safety”, and the refusal to register political groups such as Demosistō. Continue reading “A January of discontent: Hong Kong’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists gathers pace”

Stop Repression in Hong Kong – campaign video

This short video, featuring ousted Hong Kong lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (Long Hair) and Sally Tang Mei-ching of Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) has been produced by the Stop Repression in Hong Kong campaign.

Less than four minutes long, the video shows  how the democracy struggle in Hong Kong has come under unprecedented attack in the past 12 months. One-fifth of the opposition in the legislature has been thrown out by the government and the courts on the flimsiest of pretexts. Young democracy activists have been served with harsh jail terms. Dozens of new political trials are looming in the first months of 2018.

The Chinese dictatorship is determined to stamp out Hong Kong’s culture of mass protests for democracy, which it fears could spread to China. Pressure is building from Beijing for the Hong Kong government – it’s puppet – to implement Article 23 national security laws that would massively curtail freedom of speech and make it a criminal offence to oppose the ruling ‘Communist’ Party (CCP).