Working as a teacher at a university, I have watched students from Hong Kong become increasingly alarmed by China’s attempts to assimilate their territory. Some of the students I taught were involved in the Umbrella Movement of 2014. Over the last five years, ‘mainland China’ has stepped up efforts to impose their repressive political culture on Hong Kong, contrary to the ‘one country, two systems’ agreed with Britain prior to the handover in 1997.
Many of those students (and former students) now feel that they have to make a stand for individual human rights and democracy in Hong Kong. Sadly, they are having to risk their freedom, and perhaps even their lives, to do so.
The UK made a promise to the people of Hong Kong. We must uphold that promise and stand with the protestors in their efforts to secure democracy and the rule of law. Chief Executive Carrie Lam must immediately ensure a de-escalation of the situation in Hong Kong. The repressive scenes we are witnessing are totally unacceptable.
A Liberal Democrat government would act to help secure their rights and freedoms. We have a moral and legal duty to do so.