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'Not the end of the world': democrats urge Hongkongers to fight on following mass disqualification

Hong Kong democrats barred from standing in September’s Legislative Council election have urged citizens to fight on, as they vowed to resist “blatant, relentless political oppression.”

On Thursday, officers at the Electoral Affairs Commission informed the 12 election hopefuls that their nominations had been ruled invalid. The returning officers told the candidates their “intention” to uphold the Basic Law and swear allegiance to the HKSAR was not deemed “genuine and truthful.”

Photo: GovHK.

Many democratic candidates received letters from electoral officers over the weekend, demanding answers within 24 hours to questions about their politics and positions on issues such as the Beijing-enforced national security law and US sanctions on city officials.

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