Udayavni Special

Hong Kong district councillors must take oath despite exodus


PTI, Jul 13, 2021, 3:21 PM IST

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that elected district councillors will still need to take an oath pledging allegiance to Hong Kong despite the resignation of dozens of councillors who are refusing to do so.

Some 170 district councillors, most of them supporters of the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s beleaguered pro-democracy movement have resigned in the past week rather than take the oath following media reports that they may have to repay their wages if they are later disqualified from office.

The requirement that the city’s more than 400 district councillors take the oath was introduced after a bill was passed in May. Previously, only lawmakers and government officials were required to take the oath and pledge allegiance to Hong Kong and the government.

The requirement is seen as part of a broader crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in the former British colony, which has seen an erosion of the freedoms it was promised it could maintain after being handed to Chinese control in 1997.

A national security law imposed by Beijing last year has led to the arrest of many of the city’s prominent pro-democracy figures, including Joshua Wong and media tycoon Jimmy Lai. A majority of such activists are currently behind bars or have fled abroad.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a regular news conference on Tuesday that she is sure that given the security law, each district councillor will gauge their past behaviour to check if they have “crossed a line.”

“Individual incumbent district councillors of their own accord took some actions after seeing that there are certain legal requirements, that is, legal liabilities will have to be borne if they have violated certain rules and regulations,” Lam said. “They decided to resign. This is out of our control.”

Lam said that despite the exodus of district councillors, authorities will press on with the oath-taking because they “have to implement the law.”

Hong Kong’s district councillors largely take care of municipal matters such as organizing community-building activities and ensuring that public facilities are in order. Their election has taken on greater importance, however, since Hong Kong was rocked by pro-democracy protests for much of 2019.

In the 2019 elections, many pro-democracy candidates unseated incumbent councillors seen as loyal to Beijing.

Among the councillors to resign over the oath is Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-her, who has been a district councillor since 2012.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Airlines cite concerns about fuel shortages at some airports

AIADMK brass calls on PM Modi, urges not support Karnataka in its dam initiative

Bodies of 3 climbers who went missing while climbing K2 in Pak found after over 5 months

BSY now member of party’s ‘forced retirement club’: Surjewala

You gave your best and this is all that counts: PM to fencer after her loss at Olympics

Mumbai-Bengaluru highway reopens for traffic after 4 days as water recedes near Kolhapur

Karnataka hikes DA from 11.25 to 21.50 per cent, announces releasing additional instalments for govt employees


Related Articles More

Airlines cite concerns about fuel shortages at some airports

Bodies of 3 climbers who went missing while climbing K2 in Pak found after over 5 months

Russian PM visits Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Pak Army says 46 Afghan soldiers cross over to seek refuge after losing border post

Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy

MUST WATCH

Police checked in with Belthangady Municipal Harish Poonja

Vasantha Kulal | Major Dairy Cattle Diseases and their Management

Udayavani News Bulletin 26-July-2021

PUPPIES FEEDING ON PIG

WATER SEEPING ACROSS THE ROADS OF CHIKKODI

Latest Additions

Airlines cite concerns about fuel shortages at some airports

AIADMK brass calls on PM Modi, urges not support Karnataka in its dam initiative

Bodies of 3 climbers who went missing while climbing K2 in Pak found after over 5 months

BSY now member of party’s ‘forced retirement club’: Surjewala

You gave your best and this is all that counts: PM to fencer after her loss at Olympics

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.