|6:11:25 PM - Thu, Oct 21st 2021
|Hong Kong's home affairs chief on Thursday, bringing the total number of municipal-level politicians ousted to 55.
Among the latest to be disqualified over their oath-taking were seven Democratic Party members. They included former lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu, Yuen Long District Council chairman Zachary Wong Wai-yin, and Tsuen Wan District Council vice-chairman Li Hung-por.
Kwong, also a Yuen Long district councilor, was arrested under the national security law earlier this year for his involvement in the opposition camp's primary poll last year.
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A total of 47 former lawmakers and activists were charged with subversion over the unofficial run-off, but Kwong was not charged.The city's district councils, envisioned as advisory bodies for the government at the municipal level, became a stronghold for the opposition camp following. a landslide win in the 2019 election, which took place at the height of that year's anti-government protests.
The opposition bloc won 392 of the 452 directly elected council seats across Hong Kong, giving them control of all but one of the city's 18 districts.
But following Beijing's imposition of the national security law in June 2020, the requirement for top officials, legislators and judges to pledge allegiance to the city was extended to ensure all public officers, including civil servants and district councils, were sufficiently patriotic.