By Raphael Blet
HONG KONG- An estimated number of 12,000 people protested against Beijing’s possible interpretation of the Basic Law’s article 104 across the city.
Supporters of Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang were seen waving colonial flags and banners stating ‘Hong Kong is NOT China’.
The duo – refused to take their oaths according to the script, which leads to the invalidation of their oaths.
This prompted the government and to intervene through legal actions which would prevent them from taking a second oath.
Last week, the government announced that they would seek an interpretation of the Basic Law by Beijing, prompting reactions amongst citizens.
Many see it as an interference into local politics and the judiciary.
WATCH: Live video of the protests
The case is currently ongoing in the court and Beijing’s interpretation is seen as an interference into Hong Kong’s rule of law.
Under the Basic Law, it is legal for the government to seek an interpretation under particular circumstances. However, the law stipulates a separation of powers and ‘a high degree of autonomy’.
Amongst the protesters were some pan-democratic figures, including veteran politician Martin Lee.
The protesters marched from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to the Court of Final Appeal in Central.
However, some demonstrators decided to extend their march until Beijing’s Liaison Office in Sheung Wan, prompting the police to set-up barricades to avoid possible stormings of the delegation.
A number of demonstrators made numerous attempts to push the barricades, obliging the police to make use of pepper sprays after ordering the protesters to calm down.
Currently (22:45 HKT), protesters have blocked partial sections of Des Voeux Road, where the delegation is located.
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