Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam asked Beijing for help to disqualify (DQ) 4 pro-democracy legislators, alleging that according to the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on November 11, Alvin Yeung, Kwok Ka-ki, Kenneth Leung and Dennis Kwok immediately lost their qualifications as members of the Legislative Council.
Wu Chi-wai, convener of the democratic council, criticized Beijing and the Hong Kong government, and pointed out “today is the end of One Country, Two Systems.” To stand with the disqualified members, the other 15 pan-democrat legislators resigned en masse today and turned their efforts to fight for democracy in a new way.
The incident triggered condemnation from the International community. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab stated that “China’s decision to arbitrarily remove elected pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators from their positions represents a further assault on Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and freedoms under the UK-China Joint Declaration.” “This campaign to harass, stifle and disqualify democratic opposition tarnishes China’s international reputation and undermines Hong Kong’s long-term stability.”
The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, composed of more than 100 members of the European Parliament from 18 countries, issued a statement, condemning the move as a “blatant attack” on Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and “flagrant violation of international laws.”
This is the darkest day for Hong Kong.