"HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE TO RUN HONG KONG" - THE LOST PROMISE OF 1997

  • Sari Anneli Arho Havren

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On 30 June 2020, one hour before midnight, the promise of Hong Kong people running Hong Kong was broken. In 1997, in his farewell speech to the Hong Kong people, Chris Patten, the last governor of Hong Kong, referred to the Joint Declaration between the People’s Republic of China and the United Kingdom with these exact words; words which guaranteed Hong Kong’s autonomy, and assured its residents that their way of life would be maintained for the next half century.

On 1 July, the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR, Beijing’s tailor-made National Security Law for Hong Kong was already in full force. In less than 24 hours, the freedoms and long standing ‘One Country Two Systems’ arrangement had been crushed by its own designer, the People’s Republic of China.

Period15 jul 2020

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