The Chinese government has condemned the mass resignation of most of Hong Kong’s opposition from parliament as an “open challenge” to its authority.
Nearly all pro-democracy lawmakers have resigned in protest after four of their colleagues were deemed threats to national security and dismissed.
Many see Hong Kong’s limited democracy as now being in its death throes.
The UK government has accused China of breaching its commitments to protect Hong Kong’s autonomy.
The former British colony became part of China in 1997 but was promised it could keep some unique freedoms for 50 years.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said of Wednesday’s move to remove the four lawmakers: “Beijing’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong constitutes a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration.
“China has once again broken its promises and undermined Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy.”
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