Thousands of pro-Beijing protesters gathered outside Hong Kong’s parliament on Wednesday as an intensifying row over the former British colony’s relationship with China boiled over on to the streets. Recent weeks have seen the semi-autonomous city thrust into what looks set to be a new period of political turbulence, as a younger generation of pro-democracy activists faces off against Beijing loyalists. Two years after the historic umbrella movement street protests, six young pro-democracy activists, who are pushing for greater autonomy from China, claimed seats in Hong Kong’s 70-member legislative council (Legco) last month. Their election came amid an upsurge in anti-Beijing sentiment that has included growing calls for independence from China, until recently a taboo subject. At a chaotic swearing in ceremony on 12 October, two of the newly elected lawmakers, Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus “Baggio” Leung from the Youngspiration party, thumbed their noses at Beijing by refusing to declare their allegiance to China and carrying blue flags reading: “Hong Kong is not China.” Yau caused particular outrage by vowing to defend a place she called “the Hong Kong special administrative region of the People’s Refucking of Shina”. Shina is an archaic and derogatory way of referring to China in… Read full this story
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