Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to formally tender resignations in protest over oustings


HONG KONG:   Hong Kong opposition lawmakers, seen as representatives of moderate pro-democracy voices in the Chinese-ruled finance hub, are expected to formally tender their resignation on Thursday in protest against the dismissal of four of their colleagues.
Their dramatic departure will remove a key avenue for dissent in Hong Kong, where Beijing’s move to introduce national security legislation on June 30 and COVID-19 restrictions have quashed the pro-democracy protests which started last year.
The resignations are expected to be handed individually throughout the day at the Legislative Council, or Legco, in what is likely to be the swan song for the old guard of democrats.
The younger generation of pro-democracy supporters prefer a more confrontational approach, although it is unclear whether hardline activists would pass authorities’ patriotic scrutiny to be able to challenge in future elections.


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