Pro-Democracy Candidates Barred From Hong Kong Election

HONG KONG—Authorities banned 12 opposition candidates from running in planned legislative elections, as they moved to further dismantle a pro-democracy movement that challenges China’s rule in the city.

Candidates across the democratic spectrum—including more moderate incumbent lawmakers, grass-roots activists and internationally known advocates—were informed Thursday that their candidacies for the citywide vote planned for Sept. 6 were invalid. The scale of disqualifications and reasoning provided was widely condemned by…

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