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HK lawmakers’ ban upheld

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HONG KONG -- Two pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers lost their appeal Wednesday against a ban preventing them from taking up their seats in parliament as Beijing faces accusations of stepping up interference in the city’s politics.

Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching, deliberately misread their oaths of office, inserted expletives and draped themselves with “Hong Kong is not China” flags during a swearing-in ceremony in October.

They are part of a new movement advocating a complete split from Beijing for semi-autonomous Hong Kong, as young pro-democracy campaigners grow frustrated with a lack of political reform.

Beijing hit out at the publicly elected pair in a special “interpretation” of the city’s constitution earlier in November that effectively prevented them from taking up their seats because of the way they took the oath.