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12 Oct 2018 | 07:51 PM UTC

Hong Kong: Protests following disqualification of pro-democracy candidate Oct. 12

Hong Kong, SAR China News Alert

Protests reported on October 12 following the disqualification of pro-democracy candidate from running in November by-election; further protests possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/12/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/19/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Hong_Kong). COUNTRY/REGION Hong Kong


Protests were reported in Hong Kong on Friday, October 12, after officials announced that a prominent candidate advocating for Hong Kong self-determination would not be permitted to run in the upcoming November by-election. According to local sources, protesters gathered in front of the Legislative Council and other government buildings on Friday evening (local time) to demand that Lau Siu-lai be permitted to run. Further demonstrations cannot be ruled out. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are to be anticipated in the vicinity of any demonstration.


Lau Siu-lai had previously been disqualified from holding office in 2016 for taking "improper oaths," a term commonly attributed to advocacy of self-determination. Hong Kong independence activists have increasingly been advocating for independence from China since large-scale demonstrations in 2014 failed to materialize into reforms.


Individuals in Hong Kong are advised to avoid all protest events as a precaution.


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