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Beijing planning crackdown on Hong Kong’s district councillors, a year after pro-democracy landslide – report

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Beijing’s top legislature plans to stamp out the influence of Hong Kong’s district councillors in its latest move to diminish the city’s opposition, according to local media citing sources. It comes just over a year after the pro-democracy camp won all but one of the district councils.

China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) began their regular session on Tuesday. The top legislature reportedly plans to review the qualifications of district councillors and revamp the election committee responsible for electing the city’s leader.

An NPCSC meeting. File photo: Gov.cn.

Sources cited by Now TV said that the NPCSC would handle issues of Hong Kong district councillors’ qualifications and expand the committee’s earlier decision on legislative councillors to the regional councils. According to a HK01 source, district councillors whose actions or speeches that were deemed to have “breached the red line” would be seen to have violated their oath of office, and will be unseated.

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