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Ex-governor Chris Patten says China conducting 'an outrageous political purge' in Hong Kong

Britain’s last colonial governor of Hong Kong accused Beijing on Thursday of carrying out “an outrageous political purge” of pro-democracy parties after a dozen candidates were disqualified for standing in an upcoming election.

Chris Patten. File photo: Handout.

“The National Security law is being used to disenfranchise the majority of Hong Kong’s citizens,” Chris Patten said in a statement. 

“It is obviously now illegal to believe in democracy… This is the sort of behaviour that you would expect in a police state,” he added.

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