A change that is approved in a body without opponents reduces the number of seats directly elected and will stop many Chinese opponents.
Hong Kong’s opposition parliament has approved a major political change since the British rule, a key part of Beijing’s dictatorship.
This was given Thursday with 40 votes in favor of only two. The Beijing-based government has not opposed parliament since last year, with China ousting some politicians who have promoted democracy and others who have stopped protesting.
The amendment will reduce the number of seats in parliament filled by direct elections from half to less than a quarter. The new body will be given the power to enroll those who want to register and prevent people who do not seem to like China from standing up.
“The 600 pages of the law are outlined in just a few words: patriots rule in Hong Kong,” said Peter Shiu, a Beijing lawmaker.
Many changes were announced by China in March, although Hong Kong officials later commented on other issues, such as re-establishing polling stations and demanding that votes be left blank.
Chinese officials have said the rigging of the elections is aimed at removing “flaws and shortcomings” that threaten national security during the 2019 anti-government protests, and ensure that only “patriots” run the city.
Parliament will increase to 90 seats from 70. The number of seats filled with direct elections will drop to 20 from 35. Forty seats will be filled by a selection committee, which will also oversee the election of a general candidate.
The new voting committee, which has authorized the suspension of candidates, will work with international security agencies to ensure that those represented are loyal to Beijing.
Election committee elections are due to take place on September 19, as well as in parliament after three months. The committee will elect a senior officer on March 27, 2022.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer Carrie Lam did not say whether he would run again. In 2019, he faced the largest and most violent anti-government protests since the British government took power in 1997, asking him to issue a foreign permit to China.
Beijing has promised that all citizens will have a major goal in Hong Kong in their by-laws, Basic Law, which also states that the city has a lot of independence from the Chinese government.
Democrats and democrats in the West say political change is moving the city to the other side, leaving opponents of democracy with fewer seats since they were given.
Since China enacted a national security law in 2020 to eliminate what it considers to be acts of rebellion, violence, terrorism or alliance with foreign groups, many democratic and political activists have been caught or detained for various reasons.
In contrast on Thursday, Hong Kong police have stopped waiting for next month to mark the demolition of Beian Tiananmen Square, the second year in a row that government officials have refused a permit.
The Hong Kong-based coalition, which has developed an annual patrol for more than 30 years, said police have also mentioned the coronavirus that has arisen in their refusal.
“We will continue to fight for the right to cry on June 4 legally,” the coalition said, adding that it was preparing to protest.