On Oct. 12, 2016, Hong Kong’s 6th Legislative Council met for the first time after a landmark election in September, in which young, pro-democracy forces made historic gains. The September election was the first general election of the city-wide legislature since the Umbrella Movement protests in late 2014.
Members of the legislature have to take an oath of office, during which they have to pledge allegiance to the “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China,” as Hong Kong is officially known after the change of sovereignty in 1997. The botched oaths of two pro-independence lawmakers, Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching, triggered a weeks-long political controversy: Oathgate, as I dubbed it in this Oct. 18 tweet.
The duo were stripped of their seats in November, after China decided to intervene in the matter directly — news of which triggered a massive protest that turned violent, the night before the actual decision was announced.
Here’s a full list of stories I wrote for TIME tracking the controversy.
Hong Kong Fears For Rule of Law After China Effectively Bars Separatist Legislators (Nov. 9, for Fortune.com)
UPDATE: On July 14, 2017, four more lawmakers — Lau Siu-lai, Nathan Law, Leung Kwok Hung (a.k.a “Long Hair”) and Edward Yiu — were ejected from LegCo as a result of a separate court case, also brought by the executive branch, in a manner similar to the Leung/Yau case. My story: