Hong Kong court expels four democracy-activist lawmakers

Hong Kong court expels four democracy-activist lawmakersBy William Ho and Jasper Ng HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s high court on Friday expelled four opposition lawmakers from the city’s legislature after it invalidated their oaths of office, a ruling that undermines the influence of the opposition in favor of pro-China legislators. A former British colony, Hong Kong reverted to China 20 years ago under a “one country, two systems” formula that guaranteed a range of freedoms not enjoyed in China, including a direct vote for half of the 70-seat legislative assembly. A group of young political activists chaffing against what they see as undue Beijing interference, won seats in an assembly election last year, and some made gestures of defiance at their swearing-in, which authorities have said ruled them out.

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