Hong Kong 15 Democratic legislators submit resignations Protesting the revocation of four members of parliament November 12 at 8:13 p.m.
At a legislative session of Hong Kong’s parliament today, 15 democratic lawmakers handed in their resignations in protest at the Hong Kong government’s revokation of the qualifications of four democratic legislators. There is also a wider sense of helplessness among citizens about China’s strengthening of Hong Kong’s control.
Hong Kong’s government on November 11 revoked the eligibility of four Democratic members of the Legislative Assembly based on the decision of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress.
To show their willingness to protest the decision, 15 members of the Democratic Party of Japan, who had expressed their intention to resign, submitted their resignations to the chairman one after another in the afternoon of December 12.
Prior to his submission, Mr. Hayashi protested with a banner that read, “Mr. Lin Tsuki, Chief Executive Officer, brought about a disaster and left a stingy name in history.”
In the future, the Legislative Assembly will have 27 vacancies, 41 pro-China members, and 43 incumbents, two who are in a democratic position but do not belong to democratic legislators and will continue to work as legislators.
The plenary session was held on the 12th in the Legislative Assembly, but the chamber stood out as a vacant seat on the democratic side, in contrast to the pro-China side, where most of the lawmakers were present.
On the other hand, there is a wider sense of helplessness among citizens as China strengthens Hong Kong’s rule following the enforcement of the Hong Kong National Security Maintenance Act at the end of June.
A man in his thirties said, “In the future, any law will pass, and the Legislative Assembly is over.”
Another man said, “If the Chinese government decides to do this about Hong Kong, we have no other way. The fight over the last few years has had no effect.”
Expert “Aimed at the gap of the change of government in the United States”
Toru Kurata, a professor at Taskyo University who is familiar with Hong Kong politics, said, “I have to say that the desire for democratization that has been going on in Hong Kong for more than 30 years has almost completely been followed.”
He then pointed out that there was a U.S. presidential election behind China’s actions at this time, and said, “I was silent watching the election situation, but I was sure that Mr. Biden would be elected, but I think he decided to aim for a gap in the change of government that Mr. Biden has not yet taken office.”
Professor Kurata said, “If Mr. Biden becomes president in the future, there is a prospect that he will put more pressure on China in cooperation with allies on issues such as human rights and democracy than President Trump. Before Mr. Biden began Chinese diplomacy as a formal president, there may be things that he wants to create with the current point in time to weaken the power of the Democratic Party as much as possible.”
On that basis, he said, “I think we have made it clear that, even if the U.S. administration takes over, China has no intention of making a policy shift that takes into account international public opinion on the issue of Hong Kong.”
In the future, it is necessary to keep an eye on the movement of parliament after democratic lawmakers resign all at once, and “there will be a period of less than a year until the next election, but I think the Chinese government probably sees this as an opportunity. Last year, an amendment to an ordinance that would allow suspects to be handed over to mainland China was scrapped in a way that was tied to large protests and opposition from pro-democracy lawmakers. However, as there is no such resistance in the future, there is concern about what kind of laws will be passed.”
Democratic activists also criticized
There has been a series of criticisms from Hong Kong’s pro-democracy groups and activists over the Government’s revocation of four democratic legislators.
Last year, the Private Human Rights Line, a pro-democracy group that called for demonstrations that were the starting point for a series of mass protests, posted a statement on Facebook today, saying, “I strongly condemn the response of the Hong Kong government and the decision by china’s standing committee. The government is making even more outdaling decisions and trying to rule with the Iron Fist, completely ignoring the voices of the people of Hong Kong.”
Mr. Huang, a democratic activist who led the Umbrella Movement six years ago, also posted a comment on Twitter, “The time has come for all Democratic lawmakers to resign. It would only be advantageous for the Chinese government to function like a vase decorated in the system,” he said, criticizing the world for “warning the world that there is no checking and balancing function in Hong Kong’s legislative assembly now.”
He called on Hong Kongers to continue their protests, saying, “Even if the fighting place changes, the Hong Kong people will be the power of Hong Kong’s transformation.”
Mr. Zhouba, a democratic activist, posted in Japanese on Twitter that “the qualifications of four members of the Hong Kong Legislative Assembly have been taken away by China.”
In addition, Mr. Luo Hong, a democratic activist who went to Britain against Hong Kong’s National Security Law, wrote on Twitter, “Again, it is a blatant example of a political crackdown by the Communist Party of China. It’s the worst,” he said, criticizing it.
China “no other country has the right to interfere”
“Hong Kong is China’s special administrative district and the issue of the qualifications of legislators is purely China’s internal affairs,” a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liu Wen 斌, said at a press conference on Wednesday, against the Hong Kong government’s revocation of four democratic legislators. There is no right for other countries to say or interfere.”
“We call on the countries involved to stop interfering with China’s inner affairs, including Hong Kong, in any way. Any singing that undermines the security and development of China’s sovereignty will not be what it wants.”