Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from legislative election


Prominent activist Joshua Wong and 11 other opposition figures have been barred from running in Hong Kong’s upcoming elections, a move they decried as the latest assault on China’s critics in the semi-autonomous city.

The government of Hong Kong, in a statement on Thursday, said electoral authorities had disqualified the 12 nominees for failing to demonstrate their intent to support and promote the territory’s mini-constitution, or Basic Law.

Advocating for independence, soliciting intervention by foreign governments, or “expressing an objection in principle” to a national security law that China imposed on Hong Kong earlier this month are behaviours that “could not genuinely” uphold the Basic Law, the statement said.

Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports.

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