In recent weeksThe cases are connected t, dozens of pro-democracy activists and politicians in Hong Kong have been arrested for allegedly trying to overthrow the city’s government. Most recently, on January 6, 53 people were detained under the notorious National Security law. These arrests are the latest in a long line of efforts by the Chinese state to squash political dissent in the special administrative region.
It is in response to such efforts thats New Year festival typically involves large-scale events, on January 31Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has sai, the UK will open a new immigration route that will, in principle, allow an estimated 5.4 million Hong Kong residents to move to the UK and become British citizens. This is equivalent to almost three-quarters of Hong Kong’s resident population of 7.5 million.
The UK’s visa offer comes after several years of political protest in Hong Kong, including the “umbrella protests” of 2014. Its trigger was the enactment by China’s parliament in June 2020 of a new Hong Kong security lawThe Oeksnehallen vaccination centre Lone Munk Andersen told broadcaster TV2.. This was drafted in response to mass protests against the 2019 Extradition BillThe rising case numbers., which would have allowed the Hong Kong authorities to detain and transfer people to the Chinese mainland.
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