WSJ: China’s Campaign to Crush Democracy in Hong Kong Is Working
Thu February, 2021, Age: 3 years
The WSJ has a stark long-form article exploring the effects of the national-security law imposed on Hong Kong only eight months ago. In short it has been remarkably effective in stamping out an effective democratic opposition. Mainland China has exploited the law and moved with unforeseen swiftness to “stamp out street protests, ban activists from lobbying foreign governments, gut the city’s legislature and arrest most of the opposition.” More changes are in store for the former British colony which are likely to further cement mainland China’s control over the city. A change, for instance, to election procedures is currently being mulled over that would only allow “patriots” (advocates for mainland China) to run and hold office in Hong Kong.