Nov 11, 2020 - World

Hong Kong disqualifies pro-democracy lawmakers over China patriotism law

Pro-democracy lawmakers Kenneth Leung (L), Dennis Kwok (2nd L), Alvin Yeung (2nd R) and Kwok Ka-ki (R) attend a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong
From front left; pro-democracy lawmakers Kenneth Leung, Dennis Kwok, Alvin Yeung and Kwok Ka-ki attend a press conference at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Monday. Photo: Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong's government said they disqualified four opposition pro-democracy lawmakers on Wednesday for "endangering national security," without specifying how, per Reuters

Why it matters: The ouster of Kenneth Leung, Dennis Kwok, Alvin Yeung and Kwok Ka-ki came moments after China's parliament passed a resolution allowing the city's executive to expel legislators deemed "unpatriotic" without requiring court rulings, per Bloomberg. Opposition members said they'd resign en masse in response.

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