CCP's illegal takedown of HK's District Councils
Updated: Mar 5
This latest illegal attack and takedown of the critical roles and responsibilities of District Councillors for public oversight is yet further erosion of the already untenable state of HK's democracy under what remains of the Joint Declaration. These protests are far from being over!
The 24 November 2019 District Council elections in Hong Kong (HK) rocked the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their political allies when the pro-democracy candidates won a landslide victory winning a majority in 17 of 18 districts. This was the first time since the 1997 handover of the British that CCP backed political parties have lost control of the District Councils.
CCP was in shock and denial at their loss of 'face'! Instead of congratulating the winners in the only legal universal and equal suffrage elections held in HK, the CCP and HK government went on the attack against HK people and their elected representatives!
Then came CCP's firings and new personnel in its offices in HK followed soon after by the national security law, postponement under disguise of COVID-19 pandemic of 6 September 2020 Legislative Council elections, CCP's NPC firing of 4 pro-democracy lawmakers, mass arrests of pro-democrats, etc.
The continued repression and strangulation of HK's way of life and rule of law is entirely counter-productive.
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Hong Kong removes elected councilors from district bodies, a first in 39 years
Apple Daily 21 February 2021
Pro-democracy district councilors will be dropped from government-linked bodies that attend to issues about their neighborhoods, in an unprecedented move by the Home Affairs Department.
The reason was attributed to the 313 committees and working groups that the 18 district councils in Hong Kong had formed. Government departments could fully and effectively hear the voices of the councils through these setups, the department said in a paper to the Yau Tsim Mong District Council.
Therefore, district management committees would need to have only representatives from major government departments in each district, it said.
The pro-democracy camp had often accused Hong Kong government officials of refusing to work with it in district councils, after it won a majority in 17 out of the 18 councils in the 2019 election. District officers would not provide secretariat services for meetings with agenda items that were deemed critical of the police force.
District management committees, formed in 1982, are chaired by government district officers. They typically invite the chairs and vice chairs of district councils, chairs of committees under the councils, and representatives from government departments to attend meetings. The meetings serve to better coordinate services and facilities provided at the district level, and to encourage the public to participate in local matters.
Yau Tsim Mong District Council vice chair Andy Yu said the government was trying to bypass the councils and stop listening to them.
Committees under his district council had four meetings in the current term, where councilors worked well with the government on local matters such as traffic in Tai Kok Tsui and homeless issues in Mong Kok, Yu said.
Excluding pro-democracy councilors from the committees would harm policymaking, and the government would lose even more public support, he warned.
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Govt move will see off at least four councillors, (RTHK, 23 February 2021)
Four serving district councillors will almost certainly lose their seats under the government's plans to extend an oath of allegiance system, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang said on Tuesday....... The government intends to require district councillors to take an oath, and legal amendments will enable disqualifications and five-year bans for any deemed to have breached it.
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