onsdag 26. august 2020

Hong Kong Residents Set Sights on UK as Safe Haven From Crackdown

Hong Kong residents wishing to escape months of protest-related violence and tear gas, or fleeing potential persecution under China's "national security" crackdown on dissent in the city, are increasingly viewing the U.K. as a safe haven. Once dismissed by many in Hong Kong as not worth the hassle of applying for it, the U.K.'s British National Overseas (BNO) passport -- under a recent change in immigration rules -- now offers some three million Hongkongers a longer visa-free residency and a pathway to eventual citizenship.

The U.K. changed the rules in response to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s imposition of a draconian National Security Law for Hong Kong banning words or deeds deemed to be secessionist, subversive, or involving terrorism or collusion with foreign powers. The law, which was imposed by decree, bypassing the city's Legislative Council (LegCo), criminalizes anyone holding a protest banner or speaking out against the loss of Hong Kong's promised freedoms, anywhere in the world.