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Hong Kong’s people still have the power to strike back

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Global sanctions on Hong Kong’s political leaders will likely deepen and expand following new rules established by Beijing to let the executive disqualify elected legislators almost at will. Not only has the US indicated sweeping new sanctions, the UK and possibly Canada are likely to follow. The EU and Australia, currently considering Magnitsky-style sanctions schemes, may well follow suit.

Hong Kong’s leaders have brought it on themselves. By refusing to listen to demands from the people, and importantly, refusing to reform the supervision of the police – seemingly responsible for rampant and growing human rights violations – it has left victims in Hong Kong with no judicial nor administrative way to seek redress.

(From left to right) Kenneth Leung, Kwok Ka-ki, Dennis Kwok and Alvin Yeung are unseated from the legislature on November 11, 2020. Photo: Alvin Yeung, via Facebook.

The National Security Law, and the latest rules from Beijing permitting the disqualification of any lawmaker it chooses, have removed the last illusion of political freedom in Hong Kong. Police can now operate with even greater impunity.

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