HONG KONG, NOVEMBER 12: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers have resigned en masse following a move by the city’s Government to disqualify 4 pro-democracy legislators.
The pro-democracy camp announced their decision in a news conference on Wednesday, hours after the Hong Kong Government said it would be disqualifying 4 pro-democracy legislators ~ Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung ~ from the legislature.
The disqualifications came after China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, which held meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, passed a resolution stating that those who support Hong Kong’s independence or refuse to acknowledge China’s sovereignty over the city, as well as commit acts that threaten national security or ask external forces to interfere in the city’s affairs, should be disqualified.
“Today we will resign from our positions, because our partners, our colleagues have been disqualified by the central Government’s ruthless move,” Wu Chi-wai, convener of the pro-democracy camp, said at the news conference.
“Although we are facing a lot of difficulties in the coming future for the fight of democracy, but we will never, never give up,” he said.
Wu said that the pro-democracy legislators will hand in their resignation letters on Thursday. During the news conference, the lawmakers chanted “Hong Kong add oil, together we stand” while holding hands.
Earlier in the year, the 4 now-disqualified pro-democracy lawmakers were barred from running for legislative elections originally scheduled for September, prior to the Government stating that it would postpone the elections by a year. (AP)