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Separatist winners stopped from serving in Hong Kong legislature

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government appears to be plotting to prevent two election winners who are avowed separatists from serving on the Chinese territory's Legislative Council, with even the chief executive stepping into the dispute.

Those elected to the Legislative Council took the oath Oct. 12 to uphold Hong Kong's Basic Law. But Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung of the pro-independence Youngspiration party displayed banners reading "Hong Kong Is Not China" while they were sworn in. Both also replaced the word "China" with "Cheena" when reciting the oath, a term considered highly derogatory.

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