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China passes interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, after protests

Riot police stand on a tram track during a standoff with protesters outside China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
Riot police stand on a tram track during a standoff with protesters outside China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s parliament passed an interpretation of Hong Kong’s Basic Law on Monday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, which amounts to Beijing’s most direct intervention in the territory’s legal system since the 1997 handover to Chinese rule.

Xinhua did not give more details on the ruling, which came at the end of a regular bimonthly session.

The prospect of the ruling, expected to bar two pro-independence lawmakers from taking office in Hong Kong’s legislature, had sparked protests in the city.

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Paul Tait)

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