Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching have lost their appeal against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliamentTwo pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city’s politics. Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching deliberately misread their oaths of office, inserted expletives and draped themselves with “Hong Kong is not China” flags during a swearing-in ceremony in October. Speaking after Wednesday’s judgement, an angry Leung said the “invisible hand” of Beijing had intervened in Hong Kong’s affairs.

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