Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Groups Welcome UK House of Commons Report On Diminishing Freedoms for Hongkongers

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League of Social Democrats lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (C) gestures and shouts slogans outside police headquarters in Hong Kong January 15, 2015. Democrat lawmakers have lauded a British report on Hong Kong democracy, but maintained that the fight still remains theirs to take. Reuters

  Shuan Sim

Hong Kong democratic lawmakers lauded a report released by the British House of Commons on China’s erosion of their freedoms but said Friday that they have to be self-reliant in their fight for democracy. The House’s Foreign Affairs Committee released a report late Thursday saying that China’s vetting of Hong Kong’s candidates for the chief executive elections in 2017 did not offer a “genuine choice” to the people of Hong Kong.

“It’s the first honorable thing that the British have done in this Hong Kong fight for democracy,” said Alan Leong of Hong Kong’s Civic Party, according to the Guardian. However, he…

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