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Hong Kong legislature opens; democracy bloc set to resign

Added 11-11-20 11:03:01pm EST - “Hong Kong's legislature opened Thursday ahead of the planned mass resignation of its pro-democracy bloc, one day after the government ousted four of its members.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Hong Kong legislature opens; democracy bloc set to resign”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong’s legislature opened Thursday ahead of the planned mass resignation of its pro-democracy bloc, one day after the government ousted four of its members.

One of the pro-democracy lawmakers, Lam Cheuk-ting, unfurled a banner from a balcony of the legislative council building saying the city’s leader Carrie Lam had brought disaster to Hong Kong and its people.

The group had said they would hand in resignation letters on Thursday, but it was not immediately clear when they would do it or even what the proper procedure was. One said the removal of their four colleagues could sound the “death knell” for democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

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The resignation of the 15 remaining pro-democracy lawmakers would ratchet up tensions over the future of Hong Kong, a former British colony, regional financial hub and bastion of Western-style civil liberties where China’s government has increasingly tightened its control. A new national security law imposed by Beijing this year has alarmed the international community.

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