HK pro-democracy lawmakers to resign en masse

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"We will resign en masse", Wu Chi-wai, convener of the 15 remaining pro-democracy legislators, told a press conference. Until now, these principles have been tolerated by the central government in Beijing.

The decision was passed at the 23rd session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress, China's top legislature. If found guilty, Choy could face six months' imprisonment and a fine of up to HK$5,000 ($645).

"The US should not go further down the wrong path", Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular news briefing.

Emily Lau, former chair for the Democratic Party, told CNN she believed the Hong Kong government and the ruling Communist Party in Beijing had passed the measure to hasten the clampdown on freedoms.

"We are taking action against four Chinese and Hong Kong-based officials in connection with policies and actions that have undermined Hong Kong's autonomy, eroded the rule of law, and stifled dissent through politically motivated arrests", Pompeo said.

The four LegCo members are Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki and Kenneth Leung, the sixth-term LegCo members whose nominations to stand for the seventh-term LegCo election originally scheduled on September 6 were invalidated by the HKSAR.

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At Wednesday's press conference the pro-democracy camp joined hands and shouted "Hong Kong add oil!" - a popular slogan during months of huge and often violent protests that rocked the financial hub previous year.

The United States has imposed sanctions on four more officials accused of curbing freedoms in Hong Kong, vowing accountability over China's clampdown in the city. In view of our colleagues who were ousted today, all democrats decide to stand with them and resign en masse. They eventually chose to remain in LegCo - until now.

In July, 12 pro-democracy candidates, including Kwok, were barred from standing in now-postponed legislative elections on the grounds that they would not uphold the Basic Law. It's not even rule by law. China has refused to allow Hong Kong to choose its own chief executive. "They wouldn't even let you run".

The resolution could give the Hong Kong government power to directly disqualify lawmakers in question without going through courts, report said, citing two other unidentified people.

"We can not allow members of the Legislative Council who have been judged in accordance with the law to be unable to fulfil the requirements and prerequisites for serving on the Legislative Council to continue to operate in the Legislative Council", Lam said. Lam explained that, following the decision to bar the lawmakers from running for re-election, she had sought the NPCSC's guidance on eligibility criteria for serving in LegCo.

"Even if we were to stay", Cheung explained, "we would be impeached one by one by the pro-establishment legislators".

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