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230 elected pro-democrats quit Hong Kong local councils

Loyalty pledge requirement accelerates crackdown against political activism

Hong Kong's Victoria Park on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators: The organization that hosted the vigil says it will dismiss its entire staff.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- At least 230 members of Hong Kong district councils have announced plans to resign ahead of their likely disqualification, as growing political pressure threatens the survival of the territory's pro-democracy movement.

The entirety of the pro-democracy bloc in the Legislative Council, Hong Kong's de facto parliament, stepped down last year. Though less powerful, the district councils have provided a key political foothold for pro-democracy members, who have controlled over 80% of the seats.

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