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The demonstration, reportedly only the fourth of its kind since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, comes a day after Beijing issued a rare and highly controversial legal interpretation of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution to prevent two young activists from taking up their seats in the 70-seat parliament.

“I really don’t know how long Hong Kong can take it,” said Audrey Eu, a pro-democracy politician who was among those to join the march going from outside the high court to the court of final appeal on Tuesday afternoon.

The Civic party chairwoman, who like many of the protesters had come in black funeral attire, accused Beijing of seriously undermining the city’s autonomy with its actions.

“They think that by … taking away people’s rights [to take office] then Hong Kong people will become silent. But it doesn’t work like that. The more severe the attack, the more repression there is, very often the reaction goes stronger, particularly among young people,” Eu said.

“A lot of people feel that if measured response and rational discussion does not help then maybe they are going to go further down the road of violence – and that really does not bode well for Hong Kong.”

Sixtus “Baggio” Leung, 30, and Yau Wai-ching, 25, the two politicians at the centre of the storm, were elected to Hong Kong’s legislative council in early September, carried into office by a wave of discontent at what many perceive as Beijing’s growing meddling in the former colony’s affairs…”

Nov 10, 2016, 04:03 AM
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