Protest over ban on candidates
HUNDREDS of protesters held a march through Hong Kong’s main streets against a ban on pro-independence candidates from running in upcoming legislative elections, as fears grow over Beijing’s influence in the city.
Five candidates who advocate a split from China were rejected from standing in the September 4 vote, with officials saying their stance went against Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.
Critics have slammed the move as censorship as fears grow over Beijing interference in a range of areas, from politics to media and education.
The idea of independence is dismissed as illegal by Beijing and Hong Kong authorities.
“I hope that people are aware of the political vetting. It is something that every Hongkonger should be concerned about because damage has been done to the rule of law as well as fairness in elections,” protest organiser Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, of the Civil Human Rights Front, said before the rally on August 21. –