Crackdown in Hong Kong

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As China tightens its grip on Hong Kong, the future of democracy in the city state looks bleak

  • China’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s freedoms fueled mass protests in the city in recent years. The passing of new legislation that outlaws dissent has dimmed hopes the state’s autonomy can survive.
  • The new national security law broadens Beijing’s powers to control the city’s politics, civil society, the independent press and most importantly, its pro-democracy movement.
  • Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam stood firm with Beijing as it imposed drastic changes, making her one of the most divisive political figures in the city.
  • In the most recent attack on the city's democracy, Beijing removed the Pillar of Shame from the University of Hong Kong - a statue commemorating the fallen of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • Fearing China’s tightening grip, Hongkongers are leaving in droves amid warnings of a brain drain that might weaken the city’s economy.
  • The crackdown on freedom of expression is also sending shockwaves through the city’s flourishing art and media scenes.
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