POLITICS – HK’s ‘Last Governor’ Mobbed as ‘Fans’ Blare British National Anthem 9


‘God Save the Queen’ was blaring at the Central waterfront last night as the last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, was mobbed by emotional ‘fans’ wielding colonial flags…

The surreal welcoming committee was organised online by anti-government groups who use the colonial flag as a tool of protest. Shouting ‘we love you’ and ‘we miss you’, they handed a letter to Patten detailing how they believe the Basic Law has been violated since the 1997 Handover.

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via Apple Daily

Holding banners, loudspeakers and flags, some protesters shouted ‘Hong Kong should be independent!’ Others had waited up to three-and-a-half hours to catch a glimpse of the ex-governor.

via Apple Daily

via Apple Daily

Patten, who is currently head of the BBC Trust and chancellor of the University of Oxford, often revisits the city.

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At the Maritime Museum last night, he spoke of his concern for press freedom in the city and of Kevin Lau, the ex-Ming Pao editor who was almost killed when he was attacked in broad-daylight last month. “Hong Kong’s liberal society and free press, autonomous universities and the rule of law are all foundations of a free society”, he told journalists.

Chris Patten

via @VivienneChow on Twitter

Last year, Patten spoke of his ‘regrets’ over Hong Kong, saying that Britain should have gone further to guarantee universal suffrage in the city.

via Ta Kung Pao

via Ta Kung Pao

Although there has been a slow erosion of civil liberties in the city since the Handover, Britain had no intention of enacting one-person-one-vote during the years it controlled the territory.

Whilst some are pressing for independence, many young ‘post-80s/90s’ protesters who wield the British Hong Kong flag use it as a means to insult Beijing and show opposition, rather than a longing for a return to colonial rule.

via Post852

via Post852

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  • falcon250

    Patten probably thinks that what’s on earth are these psychopaths doing, don’t get me involved in the diplomatic row with China, has enough sh*t to worry about from BBC

  • falcon250

    Patten probably thinks that what’s on earth are these psychopaths doing, don’t get me involved in the diplomatic row with China, has enough sh*t to worry about from BBC

  • Polito

    Well, that was awkward…

  • Polito

    Well, that was awkward…

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  • Steve Chan

    “many young ‘post-80s/90s’ protesters who wield the British Hong Kong flag use it as a means to insult Beijing and show opposition, rather than a longing for a return to colonial rule.”

    get your facts right, you leftard. some of us do want to return to the British rule. I cannot stand your ignorance and condescending attitude towards Hk affairs. An “expat” who keep churing out posts like this to slander HK and Hong Kongers. Pathetic.

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  • Nishi Hundan

    Stupid fucking hong kong dogs always want to suck the dicks of their British masters. China should have rolled over them and leveled the whole fucking city.