The semi-autonomous city welcomed the latest members of the legislative council after the elections without opposition candidates.
Members of Hong Kong’s new “patriot-only” legislature pledged allegiance for the first time following a new selection process that banned opposition to the city’s traditional democracy.
At a symbolic ceremony that reflected Hong Kong’s new political reality on Monday, 90 lawmakers swore in a room where the traditional Hong Kong emblem was replaced by a Chinese one.
The Pledge of Allegiance was overseen by city leader Carrie Lam. Carrie Lam’s administration no longer has to face meaningful opposition from the once noisy legislature.
After large and sometimes violent democratic protests swept the financial hub in 2019, China remodeled Hong Kong with its own authoritarian image.
The National Security Act criminalizes many dissenting opinions, but a new law has been passed to expel those who are deemed unpatriotized from public office.
Elections under these new rules were held for Congress last month.
All candidates were scrutinized for their political loyalty, only 20 of the 90 seats were directly elected, and the rest were elected by the Pro-Beijing Commission.
The result was a legislative body that was filled with patriots and praised the lack of a destructive “anti-China” element.
Only one of the 90 members who passed the screening and was elected has identified it as “non-established.”
However, Tik Chi-yuen is not from the traditional democratic block of the city.
Most of Hong Kong’s most famous democracy activists have been in jail, fled abroad, or left politics since the beginning of the Beijing crackdown.
The ceremony on Monday was successfully completed. This is in stark contrast to 2016, when six Democrats took an oath to cast slogans and display banners. All of these members were disqualified or removed shortly thereafter.
Authoritarian China describes Hong Kong’s new political system as a way to regain stability, saying pluralism is still acceptable.
Critics, including many Western nations, say Beijing has broken its promise to maintain freedom and autonomy after Beijing’s return to Britain in 1997.
Last week, 89 out of 90 lawmakers issued a joint statement in support of the arrest of the national security police attack and the online news stand news in support of democratization.
Only Tik didn’t sign.
Source: TRT World and distributors
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