July 31, 2020 / 4:38 AM / 13 days ago

Joshua Wong says his disqualification from Hong Kong poll 'invalid and ridiculous'

FILE PHOTO:Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong registers as a candidate for the upcoming Legislative Council election in Hong Kong, China July 20, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File photo

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong said on Friday the reasons for disqualifying him from running in elections for the legislature were “invalid and ridiculous.”

Wong said in a statement Hong Kong’s new national security was a “legal weapon used against dissidents”.

On Thursday, Hong Kong disqualified a dozen pro-democracy candidates from running in a key election, including Wong, citing reasons including collusion with foreign forces and opposition to the new China-imposed national security laws.

Reporting by Yoyo Chow; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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