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Hong Kong’s shrinking freedoms

A judicial ruling is the latest worrying development, and Taiwan will be taking note

By Isabel Hilton  

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Yesterday, the High Court in Hong Kong ruled that two pro-independence activists cannot take their seats on the legislative council (Legco). Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, members of the Youngspiration party, were elected in September but, at the swearing-in ceremony last month, deliberately mangled their oaths while holding a banner that read “Hong Kong is NOT China.”

They were not the first to use the swearing-in to make a…

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