Protest over ban on can­di­dates

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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