August 3, 2021

Refugees in the UK, Hong Kong activists continue their struggle

They already met on June 12, in the heart of London just across from Hyde Park, met outside 10 Downing Street on June 23 and then at Picadilly Circus on June 27 to pay tribute to theApple Daily (the Hong Kong daily forced to close), and they still had an appointment on 1is July under the windows of the Chinese Embassy. Despite exile, Hong Kong activists have not given up on the fight for democracy and the United Kingdom – the former colonizing power until 1997 – is gradually becoming their rear base.

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Nathan Law, Finn Lau, Honcques Laus or Simon Cheng: these figures of the 2019 protest movement against the Hong Kong government’s extradition bill are increasing their initiatives, with the concern of internationalizing their cause as much as possible. Finn Lau is used to distance wrestling: this trained surveyor was in London in June 2019 for professional reasons.

“On the spot, I joined a demonstration in support of Hong Kong, there were indeed 2,000 people. I thought we could bring that energy together. ” It creates two platforms under an assumed name: HK Liberty and Stand with Hongkong, to coordinate campaigns or organize events remotely. Most of the time, with slogans in English, not Cantonese, “To internationalize our cause”.

Call for sanctions

At the end of 2019, Finn returned to Hong Kong, was arrested in early 2020 but quickly released – the police took him for a simple protester. He hastens to take a flight back to London, this time with no return. Since then, he left the company which employed him ” for [se] devote to activism “. He claims from the British government “Individual sanctions against Chinese dignitaries” and the boycott of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022: “ Western countries should refuse to send their national teams, which would not prevent athletes from participating on an individual basis if they want to. “

“We encourage our compatriots to integrate as much as possible, to participate in local elections, we must make our voice heard”, Simon Cheng

Also under a Hong Kong arrest warrant, Simon Cheng co-founded Hongkongers in Britain. A caring association “To create a community in the United Kingdom carrying the values ​​of the rule of law and democracy. We encourage our compatriots to integrate as much as possible, to participate in local elections, we must make our voice heard ”. He warns about extradition treaties between China and other countries of the world and “On the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda in the UK”. Very active on social networks, but a refugee too far from London to participate in the demonstrations, Honcques Laus, 19, also claims “More sanctions against Chinese leaders”.

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