China warns Hong Kong democracy activists
Sept.6, Beijing: China has warned that anyone advocating for Hong Kong's independence could be punished, according to state media.
The stern message came after young pro-democracy activists won seats on Hong Kong's Legislative Council (LegCo). The Chinese government underlined its "resolute opposition" to any independence activities on the council or outside it.
Many in Hong Kong are increasingly concerned about Beijing's interventions in its politics. Thirty pro-democracy candidates were elected to the 70-seat LegCo on Sunday, up from 27 previously, meaning they retain the ability to veto major constitutional changes, BBC reported.
At least six young candidates who support self-determination for Hong Kong won seats. They include Nathan Law, a 23-year-old who played a prominent role in 2014's "Umbrella Protests" and co-founded the Demosisto Party with well-known activist Joshua Wong.
The Oslo Times International News Network