four HK pro-democracy legislators expelled

Hong Kong, November 11

Hong Kong expelled four opposition members from its legislature on Wednesday after Beijing gave city authorities new powers to curb dissent, raising the prospect of a walk-out in protest by pro-democracy legislators.

‘Application of law’

We welcome diverse opinion, but the law has to be applied. —Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Leader

Just before the expulsions, China’s parliament adopted a resolution allowing the city executive Carrie Lam to expel legislators deemed to be advocating Hong Kong independence, colluding with foreign forces or threatening national security by other means, without having to go through the courts. — Reuters

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