onsdag 14. juli 2021

China bans pro-democracy candidates in Macau elections

China’s crackdown on pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong appears to have spread to Macau, where 21 candidates, including veteran legislators, have been disqualified from forthcoming elections. Most of those disqualified have vowed to challenge the ruling by the territory’s electoral commission, warning that Beijing and pro-Beijing authorities are “changing the deal” they have with Macau, despite its “stability”.

On Friday the head of the electoral commission, Tong Hio Fong, announced that 21 candidates – including all 15 listed under the banners of three pro-democracy groups – had been disqualified from running in Macau’s 12 September elections. Some of those banned are sitting legislators who have served for decades.