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Prominent Hong Kong democracy activists barred from election

HONG KONG: A dozen Hong Kong democracy activists were disqualified on Thursday from standing in September’s legislative elections, a move decried by candidates as the most pressing assault yet on Beijing’s critics in the city.
The government confirmed 12 nominees had been barred in a statement, deepening the political crisis engulfing the finance hub.
Many of those disqualified took to social media to post the letters confirming they had been barred -- including Joshua Wong, one of the city’s best known activists.
“Beijing shows a total disregard for the will of the Hongkongers, tramples upon the city’s... autonomy and attempts to keep HK’s legislature under its firm grip,” Wong wrote in a tweet. (AFP)

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