Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters today draped a black flag over a statue symbolising the city’s return to China by Britain, days before a visit by President Xi Jinping to mark 20 years since the handover.
High-profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attached the black cloth to the statue in an early morning protest. The security tried to stop them climbing on the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong’s harbourfront.
The protesters chanted “democratic self-determination for Hong Kong’s future” and “one country, two systems has been a lie for 20 years”, referring to Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status.
The “one country, two systems” deal made when Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997 allows the city rights unseen on the mainland, including freedom of speech.