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Hong Kong Pubs pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from Operating in local elections

Hong Kong disqualified activist Joshua Wong from operating in District Council elections next month, at a setback to protesters’ bidding for higher electoral influence in the former British colony.

Wong confirmed Tuesday that he had been barred from seeking a seat at the Nov. 24 poll. The authorities said in a different announcement, without naming some candidates, that support for”self-determination” was inconsistent with the Hong Kong’s Basic Law and confirmed its support to the officer who made the choice.

“It established how Beijing controls the election political censorship and screening”

Wong, a former student activist who gained global fame for his leadership role at the 2014 Occupy protests, has affirmed “self-determination” for Hong Kong. City officials equate the situation by recommending independence.