Hong Kong court rules pro-independence lawmakers barred from legislature

Beijing ruled that Hong Kong legislators must swear allegiance to Hong Kong as part of China.

By: Reuters | Hong Kong | Published:November 15, 2016 5:06 pm
Democratically-elected legislators Yau Wai-ching holds the judgement as she leaves the High Court after court rules pro-independence lawmakers barred in Hong Kong, China November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Democratically-elected legislators Yau Wai-ching holds the judgement as she leaves the High Court after court rules pro-independence lawmakers barred in Hong Kong, China November 15, 2016. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A Hong Kong court on Tuesday disqualified two pro-independence lawmakers from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid, a ruling in step with Beijing which last week intervened in the city’s legal system after street protests.

Beijing ruled that Hong Kong legislators must swear allegiance to Hong Kong as part of China, adding that candidates who take the oath of office in an insincere manner will be disqualified and not given another chance to swear in.

Democratically-elected legislators Yau Wai-ching, 25, and Baggio Leung, 30, sparked controversy when they displayed a banner declaring “Hong Kong is not China” and substituted derogatory terms for “China” while taking their oaths last month.