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Hong Kong Moves to Crush Opposition With Candidate Ban

  • Government bars Joshua Wong, 11 others from seeking office
  • Authorities unleash full power of Beijing-drafted security law
Posters of pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong .

Posters of pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong .

Photographer: Lam Yik/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong authorities drew new red lines on the limits of dissent in the financial center, barring a dozen activists including Joshua Wong from seeking office and arresting four others over social media posts.

The back-to-back actions came within a span of about 24 hours Thursday -- a sweeping gesture showing how much a national security law enacted last month had strengthened Beijing’s hand. Both the Chinese and Hong Kong governments issued statements praising the disqualification of 12 opposition candidates, showing that mere opposition to the law drafted by Beijing was enough to prevent them from taking office.