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15 July 2017, 10:49 | Taylor George

Hong Kong Court Unseats 4 Pro-Democracy Lawmakers

Opposition lawmakers Nathan Law Leung Kwok-hung Lau Siu-lai and Edward Yiu make a statement in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong court removed four opposition lawmakers elected a year ago, handing the China-backed government a victory in its efforts to quiet dissent in the former British colony.

HONG KONG-A Hong Kong court on Friday disqualified four opposition lawmakers from office for having turned their oath-taking into apparent protests against Beijing, further entrenching the central government's hold over the legislature.

Other disqualified lawmakers' protests were more subtle.

The high court in Hong Kong has removed four elected pro-democracy parliamentarians from the city's legislature after invalidating their oaths of office, in what is seen as the latest setback for freedom in the territory.

A former British colony, Hong Kong reverted to China 20 years ago under a "one country, two systems" formula that guaranteed a range of freedoms not enjoyed in China, including a direct vote for half of the 70-seat legislative assembly.

Former Umbrella Movement protest leader Nathan Law said during the swearing-in ceremony that he was being "forced" to take the oath by a "authoritarian regime", then briefly raised the intonation of the word "republic" when saying the "People's Republic of China".

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Another of those disqualified was veteran activist Leung Kwok-hung, known as "Long Hair". Lau Siu-lai delivered her oath slowly - taking nearly 10 minutes to speak - and Edward Yiu added extra words to his oath.

In issuing the verdict, judge Au, who disqualified the two pro-independence lawmakers in November, said concern about political pressure behind the verdict was "at best speculative and the conclusions are illogical". They now await their final appeals.

"Political suppression is not the scariest". "We might have to fire some people", he said.

About 60 of supporters of the four shouted "shame" outside the court while about 30 Beijing supporters shouted "rubbish legislators, kick them out". China promised Hong Kong autonomy from the mainland, but there are signs of increased involvement by Beijing in Hong Kong affairs. According to the SCMP, it means that the Legislative Council's pro-democracy camp will no longer be able to filibuster bills brought forward by their pro-Beijing rivals, a massive blow to the movement's power and influence. "I had read the oath completely, and the Legislative Council approved it".

While the ruling weakens the opposition's ability to block legislation, it also risks reigniting tensions as Chief Executive Carrie Lam looks to move beyond the discord of her predecessor.

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