Bei­jing steps in over separatist law­mak­ers

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China’s top leg­is­la­ture has ef­fec­tively barred two elected separatist law­mak­ers from tak­ing of­fice in Hong Kong. The Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee in Bei­jing is­sued a rul­ing yes­ter­day on a sec­tion of Hong Kong’s mini­con­sti­tu­tion cov­er­ing oaths taken by of­fi­cials. It acted af­ter a dis­play of anti-China sen­ti­ment by two pro-in­de­pen­dence Hong Kong law­mak­ers at their swear­ing-in cer­e­mony last month. Hong Kong’s gov­ern­ment will fully im­ple­ment the in­ter­pre­ta­tion, said Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying, the Bei­jing-backed leader of the semi­au­tonomous Chi­nese re­gion. Thou­sands of pro­test­ers took to Hong Kong streets on Sun­day af­ter Bei­jing sig­nalled it was plan­ning to in­ter­vene. They de­manded that China’s cen­tral gov­ern­ment stay out of the po­lit­i­cal dis­pute, say­ing the move would un­der­mine the city’s au­ton­omy and in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary.

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