Mass rally at HK’s LegCo over NPC’s Basic Law interpretation

By Yang Sheng Source:Global Times Published: 2016/11/13 23:53:39

An "Anti-Independence, Support Basic Law Interpretation" alliance gathered over 40,000 people outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo) on Sunday, which experts believed would pressure the High Court to make a reasonable judgment.

China's top legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, issued an interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on November 7, barring pro-independence legislators-elect from taking office.

Ng Chau-pei, one of the main organizers and Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, said the protest is to showcase awareness of the need to safeguard territorial integrity.

"Protestors believe that the interpretation aims to guarantee the implementation of 'one country, two systems' policy and don't allow some people to support 'Hong Kong independence' within LegCo," he was quoted by the Hong Kong Economic Journal as saying on Sunday.

The march has garnered support from over 1,000 groups, with over 4,000 protestors.

According to the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong-based newspaper, Ng said on Friday that the gathering has three goals.

These are to support the NPC's interpretation, urge the Hong Kong government to fully implement the interpretation and pressure lawmakers who do not advocate the Basic Law to resign, the Wen Wei Po reported.

"The gathering shows that the majority of Hong Kongers are attempting to pressure the local judicial authority to respect the public opinion and the NPC's interpretation to prohibit the 'Hong Kong independence' and anti-China behaviors," Tian Feilong, a legal expert, also assistant professor at Beijing-based Beihang University, told the Global Times on Sunday.


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