Hong Kong: lawyers and activists march against Beijing 'meddling'

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More than 2,000 join silent protest after China intervened in supposedly independent legal system to stop activists joining parliament

More than 2,000 lawyers and activists have paraded through Hong Kong in silence and dressed in black to protest against Beijing’s unprecedented intervention in the former British colony’s supposedly independent legal system as a means of ousting two democratically elected pro-independence politicians.

The demonstration, reportedly only the fourth of its kind since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997, comes a day after Beijing issued a rare and highly controversial legal interpretation of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution to prevent two young activists from taking up their seats in the 70-seat parliament.

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