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Hong Kong: Protesters gather outside British consulate demanding full citizenship

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
September 01, 2019 at 12:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding the UK to grant them full British citizenship and declare the Sino-British agreement void.

Footage shows protesters singing the British anthem, waving Hong Kong's colonial flags as well as UK flags and BNO passports.

"We want to let people know that BNO are also British and we deserve human rights, democracy and freedom of speech", said one of the protesters.

"I'm British, and we never shall be slaves", sang another protesters.

According to Home Office figures, around 170.000 people are in possession of valid BNO passports, but their holders are only allowed to visit the UK for half a year but don't have an automatic right to reside there.

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Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports gathered outside the British consulate in Hong Kong on Sunday, demanding the UK to grant them full British citizenship and declare the Sino-British agreement void.

Footage shows protesters singing the British anthem, waving Hong Kong's colonial flags as well as UK flags and BNO passports.

"We want to let people know that BNO are also British and we deserve human rights, democracy and freedom of speech", said one of the protesters.

"I'm British, and we never shall be slaves", sang another protesters.

According to Home Office figures, around 170.000 people are in possession of valid BNO passports, but their holders are only allowed to visit the UK for half a year but don't have an automatic right to reside there.

M/S People with UK flags listening to British national anthem, Hong Kong

M/S Person singing British national anthem

W/S People with UK flags

M/S Person wearing mask

M/S Person with UK flag

M/S People with UK flags

M/S Sign reading: "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

SOT, Protester: "I'm British, and we never shall be slaves."

M/S Sign reading: "I'm British, we all British, don't leave us [all behind] please."

M/S Person wearing mask and holding British National (Overseas) passport

SOT, Protester: "I want the British government to declare that the signed British agreement has been breached by the Chinese Government and declare it void. The key message I want to send to the world is that we are at the forefront at the global level fighting against an evil party, which is the Chinese Communist Party. We hope the world to stand by us, we'll fight until the last breath we have, but we need your help."

C/U Berson with British National (Overseas) passport

SOT, Protester: "We want to let people know that BNO (British National Overseas) are also British and we deserve human rights, democracy and freedom of speech. That's why we are here today, to let people know that BNO is British and we really want to have the same rights as the others. Thank you."

M/S UK flag

M/S UK flags

W/S Crowd waving

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