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US News At Hong Kong airport, an exodus to freedom in the sobs and emotion

14:55  24 july  2021
14:55  24 july  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  A l'aéroport de Hong Kong, un exode vers la liberté dans les sanglots et l'émotion © AFP

d them once a day, Hong Kong airport, deserted because of the Pandemic of Covid-19 Farewelling farewells from those leaving the former British colony for a new life abroad, frightened from his brutal hand by Beijing.

Many residents of this former British colony choose to exile United Kingdom . In an airport usually desert pandemic times, the recording counters before flights for London are saturated by a crowd of passengers taking as much baggage as their tickets permit.

Emotion and sadness are palpable at the time of goodbye with those who stay in the British financial center. A family carries his rice cooker, another noodles with shrimp that will remind him of his homeland.

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tightening in his hand his British overseas passport - BNO, a document inherited from the retrocession to the China in 1997 - Hanson, 43, employee in the media sector, explains having started planning his departure after having Given images of the police striking protesters in a metro train at pro-democracy gatherings two years ago.

The demonstrations are now almost all forbidden in Hong Kong, Beijing leading a vast repression campaign against dissent, gagged by a law on domestic national security.

"Hong Kong will miss me, but the situation deteriorated too fast so I have to leave," says Hanson.

The government does not provide statistics on the number of residents who permanently leave the city.

According to immigration figures, the number of net departures of residents has increased throughout the year before reaching a peak in recent weeks.

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In July, about 1,500 Hong Kong on average left the airport every day, compared to about 800 in the first half of the year, despite the pandemic that limits international travel.

Number of them seize the opportunity to immigrate offered by the former British colonial power to BNO special passport holders, and their loved ones.

The Great Britain expects some 300,000 Hong Kong to settle there, with some of their assets, over the next three years, including 150,000 only this year. A larger departure rate than before the retrocession to China in 1997.

BNO passport applications exploded and withdrawals from the City's compulsory pension fund also reached peaks.

The Pro-Beijing government from Hong Kong swept these departures from a hand setback.

"Those who have decided to leave, it's their personal choice," recently declared the head of the Hongkong Carrie Lam executive, ensuring that the city had a bright future.

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Hong Kong has already experienced exodiums, especially after the murderous repression of the pro-democracy demonstration on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989 and the approach of retrocession in 1997.

when their fears did not realize, families The time returned, but the imposition of the Chinese authoritarian model is done at such a pace that it is not certain that those who leave today will come back someday.

Thus Ho, a 45-year-old teacher, share for the United Kingdom with his two young sons, fearing that the teaching of the rest of China is imposed on Hong Kong. "I have to prepare quizzes on the National Security Act for my students," he explained to the AFP . "If my children continue to go to school here, they will undergo a brainwashing".

This week, high secondary schools sent an open letter to Carrie Lam, warning him that they were losing talented teachers and officials. "Listen seriously the Hong Kongs to find out why they leave," they wrote.

Kin, employed in 27-year-old IT, came to accompany the airport an old high school friend.

"I'm sad to see one of my most expensive friends, but I'm also relieved because at least he can breathe the air of freedom," he entrusted AFP. "It pushes me to wonder if I should not leave me too," he added.

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