“Hong Kong will die,” the Youngspiration party has said in a statement condemning Beijing’s Basic Law interpretation that would effectively disqualify its two politicians.

“The illusion of a society ruled by law has burst. Depending on One Country Two Systems to protect Hong Kong has become nonsense, institutional justice no longer exists in the clutches of the central government,” it said.

Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung. Photo: Stanley Leung/HKFP.

On Monday, the Chinese government passed a ruling on the controversy over the oath-taking of Youngspiration politicians Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung. Its interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law has been criticised for effectively amending the Basic Law, a power it does not have under the One Country, Two Systems policy.

“Youngspiration strongly condemns the central government for using the interpretation as an excuse when in fact it aims to alter “the law” and destroy representative government.”

Photo: Facebook/Youngspiration.

Youngspiration’s statement said that Beijing had surpassed the power afforded to it by the city’s mini-constitution to interpret Hong Kong’s laws. Its interpretation also added new clauses to the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance, meaning it has far overstepped the bounds of interpretation. Much of the interpretation should not be legally binding according to the law, it said.

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The party also called the trampling of Hongkonger’s rights to representation using subjective criteria an “atrocity” and said that, until the Hong Kong court has ruled on an ongoing judicial review of the matter, Yau and Leung will do all they can to stand with Hong Kong people and fight the totalitarian power until the end.

A protest against the Basic Law interpretation on Sunday. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The statement also said that the interpretation will “shake the trust of the international community towards Hong Kong’s rule of law, and Hong Kong’s economy and the livelihood of its people will certainly be affected.”

“Hong Kong people must take back control of the future of the Hong Kong nation through self-determination, and take back the sovereignty of Hong Kong.”

Meanwhile, pro-China groups have supported the central government’s protection of its core national interests in eradicating pro-independence forces in Hong Kong.


Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.