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Hardline stance towards radical pro-democracy Hong Kongers could mean more conflict

Hardline stance towards radical pro-democracy Hong Kongers could mean more conflict Hardline stance towards radical pro-democracy Hong Kongers could mean more conflict
Christy Curtis | 02 July, 2017, 01:42

And as that happens, young professionals like Emily are becoming more and more frustrated. "We want the Hong Kong government to listen more", said Teresa Chung, a primary school teacher and protester in her thirties. The mood was convivial and largely peaceful, with protesters sharing umbrellas and signs, and chanting slogans.

Article 23 requires the Hong Kong government to "enact laws on its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion against the Central People's Government". A police estimate of the turn-out for the march was not immediately available. During Mr Xi's visit, they were double human height.

"China has barricaded itself off (from criticism)", he said.

In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Xi declared that challenges to the power of China's central government and Hong Kong's leaders would not be tolerated, AP reported.

The small march attempted by activists this morning was in memory of the victims of Beijing's 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and coincided with the swearing-in of Hong Kong's new leader.

Protesters waved placards denouncing Hong Kong and Beijing leaders and banners in support of a wide range of causes. He did not meet with any pro-democracy groups.

Xi's visit, which has seen unprecedented levels of security with roadblocks, huge barriers and a massive police presence, was largely peaceful.

Activisits, including high-profile campaigner Joshua Wong were detained and bundled into police vans as their supporters shouted "shame".

Hardline stance towards radical pro-democracy Hong Kongers could mean more conflict

The career bureaucrat was selected through a process decried by critics as fundamentally undemocratic, involving just a sliver of a per cent of Hong Kong's three million-plus voters.

Many locals fear the law could be the final nail in the coffin for the city's autonomy from China.

In the wake of the turnover in 1997, the Chinese government agreed that Hong Kong and the mainland would operate under a "one country, two systems" agreement. but Beijing no longer believes this setup to be in the best interests of the central government.

Lu told reporters during a regular briefing yesterday that the document, which British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson called a "treaty" the day before, no longer binds China.

Numerous protesters who spoke to BuzzFeed News said they were concerned about the incursion of the Chinese Communist Party into their system of government and way of life. Last year, the Chinese president said he "will never allow any person, any group, any political party" to divide the country's territory. If you look at the IPO market a year ago, 92 percent were mainland companies", Noah Holdings Hong Kong CIO William Ma told CNBC's Street Signs: "Asia Friday. The hardening stance of the democrats and Beijing could perhaps widen, spawning greater radicalism, though some activists also concede a spreading disillusionment has sapped momentum among the democracy movement since Xi came to power. Activists have renewed calls for his release after he was sent to hospital for cancer treatment, under police custody.

But what could lead to more conflict in Hong Kong in the days to come is Beijing's implacable attitude towards the more radical pro-democracy advocates, particularly those calling for independence.

As more young people are identifying as Hong Kongers and requesting democracy, they are likely to resort to civil disobedience to make sure that the "core values" of "two systems" do not change, and the number of confrontations is expected to increase, he said. They're financially secure. They don't have the problems our generation has.

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