Ousted Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from by-election
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Ousted Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker barred from by-election

An ousted Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker was Friday barred from trying to win back her seat because of her support for self-determination, in the latest blow to the city s democrats. Lau Siu Lai - who was unseated from the legislative council in 2016 for failing to properly take her oath in protest at Beijing - was barred by electoral authorities from running in a by-election scheduled for November 25. A document of reasoning submitted by the returning officer said that Lau s advocacy of self-determination for Hong Kong entirely rejected Chinese rule over the semi-autonomous city. Lau said she was not given the chance to make a representation or defend herself, and said the returning office had used institutional violence to distort her views. Running in an election is our right, how can a government deprive us of it? Lau told reporters late Friday. A group of pro-democracy lawmakers at the press conference chanted Shame on political censorship, shame on political persecution .

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