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Five Eyes allies call on China to reverse ban on Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators

Foreign ministers from the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand say new rules in city are attempt to silence critics

The Five Eyes intelligence sharing group has said China’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong appeared to be part of a campaign to silence critics and called on Beijing to reverse course.

“We urge the Chinese central authorities to re-consider their actions against Hong Kong’s elected legislature and immediately reinstate the Legislative Council members,” foreign ministers from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States said in a joint statement.

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