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Hong Kong: Protesters demand UK cancel Joint Declaration, support independence

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
December 14, 2019 at 19:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Anti-government demonstrators staged another protest in front of the British Consulate in Hong Kong on Saturday, where they implored the UK to terminate the Sino-British Joint Declaration and support the territory in becoming an independent state.

Protesters were seen waving British flags and holding signs reading "Expelling Communist Party of China" and "Restoring Hong Kong," alongside others stating "Save our students, children, and next generation."

"I'm here mainly because of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, China has rebelled against this agreement, saying that the Joint Declaration is a historical document and no longer valid. That means our Basic Law does not exist as well. We hope that the British examine this matter, as Hong Kong is now in a state of humanitarian crisis," said one protester.

"The high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong stated by China is not true, so I hope the British government can help Hong Kong people", he added.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration dates back to 1984, when it was signed by then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang, and sets out the "one country, two systems" principle under which China resumed control of the territory.

The UK maintains that the declaration is still in force as a legally binding treaty and say that the UK still has a role in monitoring whether its provisions are followed, while Chinese officials have stated that Beijing is not bound by what they have referred to as a "historical document."

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Anti-government demonstrators staged another protest in front of the British Consulate in Hong Kong on Saturday, where they implored the UK to terminate the Sino-British Joint Declaration and support the territory in becoming an independent state.

Protesters were seen waving British flags and holding signs reading "Expelling Communist Party of China" and "Restoring Hong Kong," alongside others stating "Save our students, children, and next generation."

"I'm here mainly because of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, China has rebelled against this agreement, saying that the Joint Declaration is a historical document and no longer valid. That means our Basic Law does not exist as well. We hope that the British examine this matter, as Hong Kong is now in a state of humanitarian crisis," said one protester.

"The high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong stated by China is not true, so I hope the British government can help Hong Kong people", he added.

The Sino-British Joint Declaration dates back to 1984, when it was signed by then UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang, and sets out the "one country, two systems" principle under which China resumed control of the territory.

The UK maintains that the declaration is still in force as a legally binding treaty and say that the UK still has a role in monitoring whether its provisions are followed, while Chinese officials have stated that Beijing is not bound by what they have referred to as a "historical document."

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