Hong Kong’s 180,000 civil servants have been told they have four weeks to sign a document pledging their loyalty and dedication to the city’s mini-constitution and the Chinese Government.
- Civil servants taking the oath will have to promise to uphold Hong Kong’s Basic Law
- Those who refuse to sign the pledge could lose their jobs
- An announcement said advocating or supporting “Hong Kong independence” was not allowed
More than 4,000 civil servants in the global financial hub have already made the declaration since Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law in June, which punishes anything China considers to be subversion, secessionism, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison.
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