EDITORIALS: HONG KONG . . . what’s your position on the issue?

Pickering Public Library

( central library presentation )

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7pm

Registration at  picnet.org

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Where do you stand on the Hong Kong demonstrations?

The short history is that Hong Kong, formerly a British colony, was returned to mainland China with the condition that they would have freedoms as they had before for 50 more years. However, these freedoms have been slowly eroded less than 20 years into the agreement. The worst infringement on Hong Kong freedoms has been that arrested Hong Kong citizens can be extradited to mainland China with no legal recourse.

Loss of freedoms
The people of Hong Kong’s demonstrations aimed at reversing lost freedoms, peaceful in the beginning, have become progressively more violent. Culpability for this increased violence is not as important as where these events are going. Freedom and democracy are being eroded in Hong Kong. Life in Hong Kong has changed from day to night. Human rights are in jeopardy; democracy is being threatened; human freedoms are being violated extra-legally.

Mainland China violates contract
Mainland China had promised to leave things be until 2047 but slowly they have been violating the terms of the agreement. The details of the violations are not crucial. What is crucial is that China broke a contract and continues to break it more and more. Their goal may be integration of HK with the mainland but that was the agreement mainland China made originally. They are violating an international agreement.

Attend the NOV. 19th presentation to learn more about this important news event.

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