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Hong Kong: demonstration in front of the consulate of Great Britain


The pro-democracy protesters rallied to ask London to support them, with some proposing that Hong Kong nationals be granted British or other Commonwealth citizenship.

Protesters hold a huge Union Jack in front of the British Consulate on Sunday, September 15th. Vincent Yu / AP

In the midst of the colorful umbrellas, symbols of the Hong Kong protest, were mixed British flags, Sunday, September 15. Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gathered near the British Consulate in Hong Kong to ask for more support in London. The British anthem on the lips, the crowd accused the United Kingdom of not enough to hold accountable in Beijing. "I am rather disappointed that Britain has done nothing to support us , " said protester Alex Leung. Some people waved placards reproaching London's reluctance on this burning issue that read: "The Sino-British Joint Declaration is NIL. "

Since June, Hong Kong has been experiencing its worst political crisis since being handed over to China in 1997, with almost daily actions and demonstrations calling for democratic reforms and denouncing a brutal police response by the protesters. In accordance with the Sino-British Declaration of 1984, which presided over the surrender, Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous region under the One Country, Two Systems principle, and as such enjoys unknown freedoms in the rest of China. until 2047. But pro-democracy militants accuse Beijing of sitting on its promises by increasing its political hold on the small territory and refusing to grant it genuine universal suffrage. The crisis was born in June from the rejection of a Hong Kong bill, now buried, which aimed to authorize extradition to mainland China.

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To acquire British citizenship

Several protesters called for the possibility for Hong Kong nationals to obtain the nationality of Great Britain or another Commonwealth country. Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have obtained before or after the surrender a special passport issued by London and reserved for " British National Overseas (BNO), a title that facilitates entry into Britain but does not gives no right of work or residence. "At least, with full citizenship, they could protect Hong Kong people from the Chinese government , " said Anthony Chau, a protester holding a BNO passport. About 130 British parliamentarians this week signed an open letter calling on Britain and the Commonwealth countries to welcome Hong Kong nationals wishing to emigrate.

Hong Kong protesters have recently intensified their efforts to sensitize the international community to their cause and garner support from foreign countries. Shortly after this action in front of the consulate, tens of thousands of people began to march through central Hong Kong neighborhoods, from Causeway Bay to Central, while police banned them from taking to the streets.

Source: lemonde

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