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Canada'People are actually scared': Hong Kongers in Canada watch nervously as tensions simmer back home

13:07  14 august  2019
13:07  14 august  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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'People are actually scared': Hong Kongers in Canada watch nervously as tensions simmer back home© CBC Mimi Lee stands with a 'Lennon Wall' she set up outside Toronto's Union Station in June to show support for demonstrators in Hong Kong.

With tensions simmering in Hong Kong, many with a connection to the city in Canada are watching nervously as pro-democracy protesters take to the streets to resist what they fear is the tightening grip of the Chinese government.

Canada is home to thousands of people of Hong Kong descent, with many feeling helpless as they watch police and protesters clash.

But in their own way, some are also organizing to express solidarity with the protesters through rallies and demonstrations half a world away.

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People who came to Canada preferred to go back . So Hong Kong people had more exposure to Hong Kong people have heard too many bad things about Canada . They don't come here in The joke is that Cantonese is Canada 's third language after English and French. Actually , it's not a joke.

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"That's not the Hong Kong that we grew up with," said Mimi Lee in Toronto.

"Police should be protecting citizens and now they are not. People are actually scared when they see the police come in. How can you imagine any society can live their lives with that kind of situation?"

Lee is far from alone.

'Tried to stay away from police'

CBC Toronto spoke to one man, agreeing not to identify him over concerns for his safety, who has also been organizing shows of support in Toronto.

The man, who asked to be called Kevin, says he recently returned from Hong Kong, where he was among millions who marched in the streets in recent weeks, with police often responding with rubber bullets.

"I tried to stay away from police as much as possible, at least 100 metres away, because I was afraid," he said. "A lot of times, I think they're hurting people on purpose."

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The protests were sparked by the Hong Kong government's efforts to push through an extradition bill.

Kevin, who has lived in Toronto for more than 15 years, is concerned the bill will erode freedoms there, making it easier for local authorities to detain and extradite people to China.

The city government has suspended that legislation, but demonstrators pushing for the full revocation of the bill converged on Hong Kong's international airport Monday, where flights were cancelled for a second day on Tuesday.

The central government responded, characterizing the protest movement as something approaching "terrorism" that poses an "existential threat" to the local citizenry, worrying many observers who believe those comments are a sign Beijing could be laying the groundwork for a much more violent crackdown.

Not all in Canada supportive

But shutting down the airport is a step protesters had to take, says Kevin, to make their voices heard.

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As a result, Hong Kongers are protesting against the central government with more frequency, segments of the pro-democracy camp are becoming more radicalized, and Beijing’s patience is wearing thin. In this atmosphere, physical confrontations between Hong Kongers and the police are more likely.

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"I think the protesters have tried a lot of different things. You know, first by going peaceful march — you know, rallies, right — and that had no effect. And so they and some of the younger ones go, you know, 'Be more aggressive surrounding the Legislative Council and stop the bill,'" he said.

'People are actually scared': Hong Kongers in Canada watch nervously as tensions simmer back home© Greg Bruce/CBC This Toronto man did not want to identify himself for fear his family in Hong Kong will be put in danger. He says amid the turmoil, friends and family are looking for ways out.

"This is just another way to cause disruption, to get the government to actually back off," he said.

The protesters' demands are five-fold, he said: repeal the extradition bill, drop charges against protesters, stop classifying the demonstrators as rioters, universal suffrage and an independent investigation into the police.

But as much as there is a show of solidarity, not all Hong Kongers in Canada are supportive.

'People are actually scared': Hong Kongers in Canada watch nervously as tensions simmer back home© Issei Kato/Reuters A passenger walks past anti-government protesters sitting on the floor in front of security gates during a demonstration at Hong Kong Airport, China August 13, 2019.

"Within my own family, aunts in Hong Kong that visited, one supported the students, another supported the government," said author and freelance journalist Kevin Chong.

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Hong Kongers should unite as a nation, and then go independent. Hong Kong has this bottled-up situation where people are very upset about housing in particular. The government is too scared to do anything to land developers because they’re making a lot of money out of selling land.

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The Toronto man who spoke to CBC News noticed that too, saying older or more well-off Hong Kongers can be less supportive.

"They think the protest is actually ruining Hong Kong instead of fighting for their future. It's kind of sad actually," he says.

'A peaceful message'

Now that he's back home, Kevin is working with other Hong Kongers to organize demonstrations here, including a solidarity march in Toronto over the weekend.

"We want to send a peaceful message. This is a peaceful demonstration. We want to also show global solidarity, you know, because this is not just a rally in Toronto but also in many other cities in Canada, as well in overseas."

That he has the freedom to demonstrate here is something not lost on Kevin. His family back home have been reminding him of that, he says, especially lately.

"I mean they all tell me that I'm very lucky that I moved to Canada. A lot of them, a lot of my friends, are actually asking how to apply for immigration," he said.

Police step in as pro-Beijing protesters show up at Calgary rally in support of Hong Kong.
Police stepped in to maintain order in Calgary on Saturday as pro-Hong Kong and pro-Beijing protesters faced off. Dozens met for a rally in Crescent Heights in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong who have been met with police violence during Chinese-government crackdowns in the region.

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