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Clashes erupt in Hong Kong over Beijing's role in law

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 00:43

Clashes erupt during Hong Kong protests over Beijing's plan to reinterpret Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the ''Basic Law''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes erupted on Sunday (November 6) night in Hong Kong between police and protesters against a plan by Beijing to reinterpret the city's mini-constitution, the "Basic Law". At least one protester was arrested. Police were seen using pepper spray against about 20 demonstrators, some masked, who shielded themselves with umbrellas - the symbol of the 79-day protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2014. A ruling expected on Monday (November 7) from a top committee of China's parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), is predicted to effectively bar two recently-elected lawmakers Yau Wai-ching, and Baggio Leung, from taking office. The pair set off a fierce debate when they pledged allegiance to the "Hong Kong nation" and displayed a "Hong Kong is not China" banner during a swearing-in ceremony for the city's legislative council in October. Their oaths were not accepted and their right to re-take them is being challenged in local courts by the Hong Kong government. The situation is seen by some in Hong Kong's legal and political elite as one of the biggest tests the global financial hub has faced since its handover to China, with some fearing its vaunted rule of law is under threat.

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Clashes erupt in Hong Kong over Beijing's role in law

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 00:43