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Germany suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
Germany suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
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The German foreign minister Heiko Maas has announced that Germany will suspend the extradition treaty between Hong Kong and Germany as a consequence of the postponed Legislative Council General Election in Hong Kong.

Maas has stated that "the Hong Kong government’s decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and postpone the elections to the legislature is another infringement on the rights of the citizens of Hong Kong" adding that China needs to ensure international law and to provide free and fair elections.

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Joshua Wong announces he has been disqualified from LegCo election in Hong Kong
Joshua Wong announces he has been disqualified from LegCo election in Hong Kong
Credit: Wong Twitter

The pro-democracy activist and politician Joshua Wong has announced via his Twitter account that he has been disqualified from running in the upcoming 2020 Legislative Council General Election in Hong Kong. The elections are set to happen on the 6 September.

In a second tweet, Wong states that his criticism of the national security law is the reason why he has been disqualified despite getting over 30,000 votes in the democratic primary.

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Hong Kong criminalizes insult of Chinese national anthem
Sheet music of the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China, the March of the Volunteers
Sheet music of the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China, the March of the Volunteers Credit: Nie Er / Public domain

Hong Kong's Legislative Council has passed a resolution that everyone who alters the Chinese national anthem "March of the Volunteers" can be fined for up to HK$50,000 and be sentenced for up to three years in prison. The law was passed by a majority of pro-China lawmakers, with the Democrats trying to stall the process and refusing to take part in the voting process.