Government expels four opposition members from the Legislative Council

 The four: Dennis Kwok, Kwok Ka-ki, Kenneth Leung and Alvin Yeung. All had been barred from running for re-election in the now-postponed Legislative Council elections previously due to be held in September. The expulsions immediately followed the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passing a resolution requiring that lawmakers who promoted or supported Hong Kong independence or refused to admit China’s exercise of sovereignty over the city should be considered in breach of their oath of allegiance to the SAR and removed. HKFP NYT  

Ted Hui becomes eighth legislative councillor arrested

Ted Hui was arrested this morning in connection with a Legislative Council meeting held in May. HKFP NYT

Seven opposition Legislative Councillors arrested

The seven were arrested on charges of contempt and interference with Legislative Council officers. SCMP  

Hong Kong’s GDP down 3.4% in Q3 2020

The government reported Q3 2020 GDP being down 3.4% compared with same quarter a year ago and up 3% compared with Q2 2020. Government announcement [Data below updated to Third Quarter Economic Report 2020 , issued on 13 November 2020.] Yoy GDP change, % 2018 Q1   4.6 Q2   3.5 Q3   2.9 Q4   1.2 2019 Q1   0.7 Q2   0.4 Q3  -2.8 Q4  -3.0 2020 Q1  -9.1 Q2  -9.0 Q3  -3.5

Tony Chung charged with secession

As well as being charged with secession under the national security law, Chung also faces two charges of money laundering and one of conspiring to publish seditious materials. Chung was denied bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for 7 January 2021. HKFP

Police to establish national security hot-line

The police announced they would be opening a national security hot-line, probably in November, for members of the public to give information about possible national security threats. SCMP