Hong Kong elections: We have been ousted because Beijing fears us, banned opposition candidates say as they decry shifting goalposts

A purge. A new deep red line. A shifting of the goalposts.The descriptions came fast and furious as stunned political players and observers tried to absorb the significance of the mass disqualifications slapped by the Hong Kong government against the opposition ranks on Thursday, turfing out even sitting lawmakers along with localists who had grown in prominence in recent months.If before, the rules on who could enter the fray to contest the Legislative Council elections were focused on their…

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