The true feelings of Hong Kong citizens shown during Queen Elizabeth’s memorial service amid corona restrictions Hong Kong, which is becoming Chinese in every corner, the style of walking of the Hong Kong police is also the style of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (1/5) | JBpress (JBpress )

Hong Kong, which is Chineseized at every corner, the marching style of the Hong Kong police is also the style of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army

A wreath laid at the British Consulate General. You can feel the deep respect for Queen Elizabeth (Picture: AP/Aflo)

(Yuji Hirata: Manager living in Hong Kong)

On September 8, when the news of Queen Elizabeth’s death reached the world, Hong Kong was also filled with deep grief. Local media reports and social media posts were filled with mourning, and I felt the “quiet thoughts” of citizens remembering the past glory of achieving unique development as a British territory for 150 year.

In addition to Hong Kong’s national security law, any kind of political behavior related to the death of Queen Elizabeth is not allowed in Hong Kong, where various movement restrictions continue under the guise of preventing corona outbreaks. . However, because they were deprived of their freedom, the true feelings of Hong Kong citizens can be seen through the mourning of Queen Elizabeth.

A general registration line that stretched for several hundred meters in the intense 32 degree Celsius heat

On September 12, the last day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the British Consulate General in Hong Kong began accepting mourning from Hong Kong citizens (general registration). Outside the British Consulate General, which adjoins the Conrad Hotel in Admiralty (Admiralty), a queue several hundred meters long formed in front of the British Consulate General, and the wait time was reportedly three to four hours .

Nearly 10,000 Hong Kongers are expected to visit the British consulate, although general registration is open until 4 p.m. on September 16.

Hong Kong continues to take strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the compulsory wearing of face masks outdoors, the presentation of vaccination certificates during restaurant meals and a ban on gatherings of more than four. people in public places.

There were rumors that the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong police were harassing the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong police, such as enforcing this “restriction of movement” on the queue of citizens visiting the British consulate to pay their respects, and identifying individuals by taking photos of citizens visiting the British consulate, but for now, the Hong Kong police are silent.

It is now publicly taboo to express nostalgia for the days of British rule in Hong Kong, but it seems that the Chinese and Hong Kong governments cannot visibly interfere with the silent expression of intent in the form of mourning.

The British Consulate General in Hong Kong issues BNO (British National Overseas) passports to indirectly support Hong Kong citizens fleeing overseas. He is seen as an enemy by the pro-China faction in Hong Kong, which has the will of the Chinese government.

The Chinese government would certainly not be happy with a large number of Hong Kong citizens visiting such places.

In 2019, an employee of the British Consulate General was detained in nearby Shenzhen. Detainee Simon Cheng, who now resides in the UK, later testified that while in detention in China he was tortured, beaten, blindfolded, deprived of sleep and forced to make a false confession.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Li Jiachao also expressed his condolences, but responded to media queries that he would address the condolences at the British Consulate on his behalf. Prime Minister Kishida and President Yun of South Korea visited the British Embassy, ​​but Hong Kong, which was a former British colony, did not.

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