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Many in Hong Kong have made a great effort to create a democratic structure within the one-party state of China during mass demonstrations and high elections turnouts.

Many citizens have requested more autonomy from the Chinese Government since 1989, when Chinese militants silenced the Tiananmen Plaza demonstrations by opening fire on those gathered there. The way to ensure that the people of Hong Kong is universally elected and free elections, they said.

On Tuesday these dreams seemed to be gone.

Around 24 years on, the National government will completely direct the city governance, with a series of changes in the territorial electoral structure, after China has agreed to allow selected rights and autononomy to the former British colony. The amendments, which the municipal legislature would certainly mark out in rubber, are planned for the mini constitution of the city without residents’ input.

The electoral Committee will examine candidates for city leaders and lawmakers, with central government officials and powerful corporate blocs loyal to Beijing.

Many on the territory are convinced that the police are vetoing candidates in order to ensure their political convictions are not opposed to China’s comprehensive national security law introduced last June which was used to imprison a few of the most vocal critics.

Lee Cheuk-yan is one of the long-term campaigners faced by several criminal trials for fighting against the administration. He was labor leader and a former lawmaker who saw the raid in 1989.

Chinese new laws constitute “a security measure in the eyes of the Communist Party that tries to remove opposition.” “Everything is regulated closely. Dissidents are also tested.”

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Critics claim revisions would suppress minority opinions, remove power constraints in the once free-wing city of the Beijing Communist Party and shift Hong Kong from a partly free election territory to an area where the central government effectively shut down the political debate. Critics say revisions will not.


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