A ruling by China's parliament that effectively bars two Hong Kong pro-independence politicians from taking office sparks outrage. Paul Chapman reports.
The Chinese parliament's passing of its own interpretation of Hong Kong's Basic Law is Beijing's most direct intervention yet in the territory's legal system. It's ruled that lawmakers must swear allegiance to Hong Kong as part of China. They'll be disqualified if they change the wording of the oath of office or fail to take it in a sincere and solemn manner. The ruling effectively bars two pro-democracy lawmakers from taking office after they refused to take the oath as written. Hong Kong's chief executive is welcoming the move. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LEUNG CHUN-YING, SAYING: "Hong Kong is an inalienable part of the country. The Hong Kong people have the duty to uphold national unity, territorial integrity, and security, as well as the dignity and interests of the Chinese people." Pro-democracy lawmakers like Dennis Kwok are condemning the ruling as interference by Beijing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CIVIC PARTY, LEGISLATOR, DENNIS KWOK, SAYING: "These are domestic legislation that has to be enacted through the Hong Kong legislature and nobody else." Reaction among Hong Kong residents is also one of anger. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIVERSITY STUDENT, FLORA HO, SAYING: "I can see how harsh and how powerful China is throwing Hong Kong so I feel really angry." (SOUNDBITE) (English) OFFICE WORKER, KATHY CHAN, SAYING: "I think they are not respecting the law enough when they were taking the oath, but I think Hong Kong has our own law, so we can decide whether they can be the legislative council members or not." Beijing's move was expected to enrage Hong Kong democracy activists further, a day after Sunday's clashes between demonstrators and police.