A former Hong Kong Democratic Congressman said that because some people fear that Hong Kong has lost important freedom, people there have become “distressed” and “disillusioned.”
The widespread democratic protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2019 have largely quelled partly because Covid-19 and the controversial national security law enacted last year.
Emily Lau, a former Democratic member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, said that some Hong Kong people are now worried: “We may have lost freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of demonstration, but it may have been lost for many years, but it has been for many years.”
Liu told CNBC’s James Soong on Tuesday: “This is the pain and disappointment of Hong Kong people.”
Last year, Beijing bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature and implemented the National Security Law. Last month, China approved a comprehensive reform of Hong Kong’s electoral system, which critics say will hinder democratic politicians.
These actions follow the pro-democracy protests that have sometimes turned violent in the months of 2019. The Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have stated that these changes will safeguard national security and quell anti-China movements in semi-autonomous regions.
“Rights and Freedoms”
Hong Kong is a former British colony and returned to China in 1997. The Sino-British Joint Declaration signed before the return of Hong Kong pointed out that Hong Kong will have a high degree of autonomy, including legislation and independent judicial power.
“Rights and freedoms, including the rights and freedoms of people, speech, press, assembly, association, travel, sports, correspondence, strikes, career choice, academic research and religious belief, will It is based on the “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Legal Guarantee”.
However, critics of China accuse mainland China of undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. Critics of China include those who support the pro-democracy movement and the governments of the United States and Britain.
According to the National Security Law, dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were arrested and charged. But Liu said: “I refuse to let myself be scared and remain silent.”
She said: “We hope that China will abide by the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law.” She added that she and other radicals do not intend to overthrow the Hong Kong government or Beijing’s central government.
The Basic Law is a small constitution of Hong Kong, which contains the principle of “one country, two systems” that governs the city.
Beijing said that the national security law and Hong Kong’s election changes are in line with the “one country, two systems” framework.