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Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators hand in resignations
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong resigned on Nov. 12 to protest the removal of four other lawmakers, heightening a conflict with Beijing over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's future.
Pro-democracy activists say China's ruling Communist Party, which has tightened control in Hong Kong in response to demands for more democracy, is destroying the civil liberties and rights promised to the territory when Britain returned it to China in 1997.
The 15 pro-democracy lawmakers handed in resignation letters on Nov. 12 after China's central government passed a resolution that led to the four lawmakers' disqualification from office.
The four had asked foreign governments to sanction China and Hong Kong over Beijing's crackdown on dissent in the territory.
A resolution passed early this month by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress declares that any lawmaker who asks external forces to interfere in the city's affairs should be disqualified.