Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts a shadow as she holds a news conference on September 3. The Hong Kong as we know it is gone forever. Photo: Reuters
Michael Chugani
Opinion

Opinion

Michael Chugani

The unrest will ebb, but Hong Kong’s slide into authoritarianism is just beginning

  • The chilling events of the past week – including the multiple arrests of activists and lawmakers, and the brutal police beating of train passengers – underline the erosion of Hong Kong’s freedoms, and of ‘one country, two systems’

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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts a shadow as she holds a news conference on September 3. The Hong Kong as we know it is gone forever. Photo: Reuters
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Cathay Pacific has sacked a number of employees, including a union leader who was reportedly fired for the political content of her social media posts. Photo: Reuters
Tom Holland
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Abacus by Tom Holland

Beijing’s treatment of Cathay is just the start. Welcome to Hong Kong’s future of corporatism

  • The philosophy that neither the state nor any other institution has any business dictating people’s political beliefs is reflexive in Hong Kong
  • But China’s desire to supervise private enterprises, and their employees, paints an ominous picture of the city’s economic future

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Cathay Pacific has sacked a number of employees, including a union leader who was reportedly fired for the political content of her social media posts. Photo: Reuters
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