Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying （梁振英） and Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen （袁國強） began the action on Friday after lawmakers Sixtus “Baggio” Leung （梁頌恆） and Yau Wai-ching （游蕙禎） lost a legal appeal over their disqualification, the government said in a statement.
Leaders of Hong Kong widened their legal fight against the city’s fledgling independence movement on Friday, targeting four more lawmakers over oaths taken at a Legislative Council swearing-in ceremony in October.
The latest move came after Beijing staged a rare int
The government proceedings seek “to declare their oaths purportedly taken as invalid
Beijing is alarmed about the growing appeal of independence and self-determination in the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula, allowing it wide-ranging freedoms, a separate legal system and specifying universal suffrage as an eventual goal.
While their oaths were aborted before they were disqualified, the latest action targets lawmakers who h
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They include Legislative Councilor Leung Kwok-hung （梁國雄）, a veteran activist known across the
The others are younger lawmakers Edward Yiu （姚松炎）, Lau Siu-lai （劉小麗） and Nathan Law （羅冠聰）, the government said.
The government is challenging the actions of Legislative Council President Andrew Leung （梁智鴻）, to accept, or allow them to re-take, their oaths.
In the statement, the government said it had a constitutional responsibility to uphold the Basic Law and that the action was in the public interest.
“The government stresses that the decision to initiate legal proceedings was purely a decision based on legal ... consideration, without any political considerati
Senior democratic figures are warning of a popular backlash against Leung Chun-ying, whom they accuse of using the independence issue to wage a legal “coup” against long-standing democratic
Lau and Leung pledged allegiance to the “Hong Kong nation” and displayed a banner declaring “Hong Kong is not China” during a swearing-in ceremony for the Legislative Council in October.