Debarring of Candidate, Visa Row Point to ‘Death’ of Hong Kong’s Freedoms

The debarring of a would-be pro-democracy candidate in a forthcoming by-election for Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) and the denial of a visa to a Financial Times journalist show that Beijing is breaking its promise that the city’s traditional freedoms would remain under Chinese rule, commentators said on Tuesday.

Last week, the Hong Kong Labour Party’s would-be candidate Lau Siu-lai had her candidacy rejected by a returning officer, an administrative official charged with the orderly running of elections.

Lau has repeatedly denied that she supports the idea of self-determination for Hong Kong, which became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in 1997.

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