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HONG KONG: Disqualification of prominent activist from legislative elections sparks outrage

HONG KONG: Disqualification of prominent activist from legislative elections sparks outrage

The disqualification of a prominent Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow, 21, from the forthcoming legislative polls slated for the month of March has sparked protest from pro-democracy groups in the country.

Chow who is a member of a Hong Kong group that wants more autonomy from China was barred from the forthcoming polls because her party’s political platform violates the city’s electoral laws.

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Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan, reporting from Hong Kong, said many residents were “angry and confused” by the move.

“So many are saying that this decision is unexpected and has no basis,” she said.

The young activist was seeking to become Hong Kong’s youngest council member ever, contesting the seat of another “umbrella movement” activist, Nathan Law, 26, who was stripped of his seat for his role in the pro-democracy movement.

 

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