China politics pro-democracy lawmakers of Hong Kong’s have announced they resign in protest of the removal of four colleagues.
They are expected to formally submit their resignations on Thursday, Reuters reported.
On Wednesday, China’s parliament passed its resign latter and lawmakers would be disqualified if they supported Hong Kong’s independence, denying China’s sovereignty over the city.
Calls on foreign powers to intervene in the affairs of the city or otherwise pose a threat to national security.
The proposal empowers city authorities to dismiss lawmakers without resorting to court.
On Wednesday, Hong Kong authorities fired four opposition members of the city’s legislature under the new law.
Beijing identified the four as a threat to national security. In response, on the same day, 15 members of the opposition, known as pro-democracy, expressed their solidarity with the four colleagues and announced their resignation.
The lawmakers did not attend the city’s legislative session on Thursday, the BBC reported.
Hong Kong’s 70-seat legislature had 21 opposition members. After dismissing four of them and announcing the resignation of 15 others, only two are now in the legislature.
The resigning lawmakers are expected to submit their resignations in person on Thursday.
On Thursday, China’s Hong Kong and Macau offices condemned the move, calling it a “farce” and a “public challenge” to the Chinese government’s authority and Hong Kong’s basic law.
They also commented that the move showed the lawmakers’ “stubborn resistance” against the central government.
“If these lawmakers expect to use their resignations to provoke fierce opposition and call for foreign intervention, they will be wrong,” a spokesman for China’s Hong Kong and Macau offices warned.