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Joshua Wong among dozen HK candidates ‘disqualified’ from council vote

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s government said on Thursday that 12 opposition candidates in an upcoming election for seats in the city’s legislature have been disqualified and that more could face a similar decision in the near term.

The government said advocating self-determination, soliciting intervention by foreign governments, or “expressing an objection in principle” to the new national security law were behaviours that “could not genuinely” uphold the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

Barred: Joshua Wong previously said "Using [the] pandemic as an excuse to postpone the election is definitely a lie."

Barred: Joshua Wong previously said “Using [the] pandemic as an excuse to postpone the election is definitely a lie.”Credit:Bloomberg

However, there was “no question of any political censorship, restriction of the freedom of speech or deprivation of the right to stand for elections as alleged by some members of the community,” the government said in a statement.

Activist Joshua Wong tweeted he was among those barred from running for office again.

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