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NEWS – British Consulate Protesters Say UK Should Speak Up for Hong Kong
A Huffington Post cross-feature
Dozens of protesters gathered at the British consulate yesterday demanding that Britain does more to prevent China influencing elections and eroding civil liberties in the city.
Organiser Daniel Ma said that the UK had a “moral responsibility” to speak up as it was a signatory to the 1984 Joint Declaration that gave rise to Hong Kong’s handover to China in 1997.
“Britain should take action to solve the problem… We want to put the Hong Kong issue on the international stage,” the 21-year-old part-time student said.
A British Hong Kong colonial flag, which has become a symbol of resistance, was wielded outside the consulate alongside yellow umbrellas. However, Ma says that only a small minority would actually want the British to return.
Two police vans and over two dozen police officers were on site as protesters played bagpipe music and chanted “Thank you Chris Patten.” Patten, the city’s last colonial governor, recently spoke about the pro-democracy movement at a parliamentary enquiry.
A representative of the consulate accepted a letter from the protesters as around a dozen activists remained overnight in tents.