Protesters in Hong Kong clashed with the police as Beijing reasserted its authority over Hong Kong after two MPs refused to pledge allegiance to China last month during a swearing-in ceremony.
The two MPs could now be barred from holding their seats as Beijing is now reviewing the case on its own terms as it might see this as a chance to send out a very strong message to all pro-independency groups on the issue of separatism.
The protest came after Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-Ching, two recently elected MPs showed their displeasure at being made to pledge allegiance to China as well as resorting to carrying the message “Hong Kong is not China.” on flags.
Thousands of people came out for protests but police tried to disperse them with pepper spray as some of them were also taken into police custody. The protesters blocked roads and transport from moving and some of them also went to the Liaison House, which is the biggest representation of Chinese authority over Hong Kong.
China interfered into the matter taking it into its own hands after Hong Kong had already barred the two MPs, via a court order, from taking any further part in the legislature.
In 1997, Hong Kong was handed over to China by the UK and the power to have the final word over the “Basic Law” of Hong Kong was reserved by China as part of the agreement. Hong Kong is currently a semi-autonomous region as the pro-democratic protesters went out on the street to agitate against what they seem to be an attack on their democratic ways. But surprisingly, not a lot of them were supportive of independence.
The disqualification of these two MPs could lead to further unrest in Hong Kong as they see this an internal matter of the city and not one to be interfered in by Beijing. China will remain undeterred by any number of protests and will continue unabated into making this as an example for all on the issue of separatism