Martin Lee (left) and other Hong Kong pan-democrats address a crowd from the balcony of the former Legco building on the night before the handover. Photo: Reuters Martin Lee (left) and other Hong Kong pan-democrats address a crowd from the balcony of the former Legco building on the night before the handover. Photo: Reuters
Martin Lee (left) and other Hong Kong pan-democrats address a crowd from the balcony of the former Legco building on the night before the handover. Photo: Reuters

US wanted Britain to ‘restrain’ Hong Kong opposition leader Martin Lee from holding 1997 handover protest, declassified records show

  • Americans were worried Beijing might react ‘disproportionately’ to big protest on historic day
  • Martin Lee says he does not know what the fuss was about, as he only held peaceful protests

Topic |   Hong Kong politics
Martin Lee (left) and other Hong Kong pan-democrats address a crowd from the balcony of the former Legco building on the night before the handover. Photo: Reuters Martin Lee (left) and other Hong Kong pan-democrats address a crowd from the balcony of the former Legco building on the night before the handover. Photo: Reuters
Martin Lee (left) and other Hong Kong pan-democrats address a crowd from the balcony of the former Legco building on the night before the handover. Photo: Reuters
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