Beijing’s sweeping overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system has further crushed democractic hopes in Hong Kong. The new measures, which by passed Hong Kong’s legislature, aims to ensure the majority of the city’s lawmakers will be selected by a reliably pro-Beijing committee. The Hong Kong government has also announced more electoral system changes favouring pro-Beijing candidates by amending voting laws and criminalizing calls for voters to leave ballots blank.
Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, and Alvin Y.H. Cheung, Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, joined MLI communications officer Ai-Men Lau to discuss Beijing’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and where the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong stands now. They also discuss the international community response to the Hong Kong and the role of the disapora community in the movement.