July 13, 2021
Hong Kong lawmakers are now required to swear their loyalty to the city government under a new law. According to local media, not only those who violate the oath could face prosecution, violations in the past would lead to punishment. This month, roughly 230 of them, mostly pro-democracy members, playing a key role in the district councils with 80% seats, would resign and may be required to return their salaries ahead of their likely disqualification.
Overall, more than half of pro-democracy district council members are expected to leave their seats. The future of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is even darkened after this coming exodus.
Advocating for democracy and human rights in mainland China for years, now the Hong Kong Alliance is suffering from “political repression” as 7 of its 14 Standing Committee members resigned, while another three are currently imprisoned or detained. Some believe that the PRC authorities will not tolerate any dissent, and are looking to stamp out the pro-democracy movement altogether.
Edited by：【Himalaya London Club UK】
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