Hong Kong: China referred to the primaries of the Opposition as a serious provocation

China has termed the pro-democratic Opposition in Hong Kong, held primaries as a "severe provocation". The ballot is alleged to be a breach of the new securit

Hong Kong: China referred to the primaries of the Opposition as a serious provocation

China has termed the pro-democratic Opposition in Hong Kong, held primaries as a "severe provocation". The ballot is alleged to be a breach of the new security law, as well as Hong Kong's election rules, said on Tuesday the liaison office of the Chinese government in the special administrative region.

in spite of threats by the Beijing-loyal to the Hong Kong government had taken part in the weekend, more than 600,000 citizens of the financial hub in the primaries for the regional parliamentary election in September. The Chinese liaison office, to be referred to the ballot now as a possible violation of article 22 of the so-called safety act. The article aims to punish "subversive" activities against the "state power".

a symbolic protest vote

Preliminary results showed that a group of young Democrats, the "Lokalisten", have received in the primaries with more than 600,000 votes, a clear consent. Many observers see this as a symbolic protest vote against the strict new security law.

The primaries were suitable democratic candidate for the elections of Hong Kong's legislative Council in September to select. The duties of the legislative Council, questions to the work of the city government to raise in addition to legislation, approval and Review of Budgets, taxes and public expenditure. Beijing, a possible strengthening of pro-democratic grouping, therefore, is a thorn in the eye.

civil rights

The strong international criticism accompanied safety act was entered two weeks ago in force. It is a response to the Beijing leadership on the months-long and sometimes violent protests in Hong Kong Pro-democracy movement in the past year. By law, citizens are limited rights in the special administrative region of the massif. It allowed the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong to crack down on all activities that threaten the national security.

Updated Date: 14 July 2020, 08:19

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