City of Fear

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ONCE A CITY OF PROTEST, HONG KONG HAS BECOME A CITY OF FEAR

A compelling report provides disturbing insights into the final chapter of the Hong Kong rebellion, as Beijing exerts an iron grip on the once liberal outpost, snuffing out the last breaths of democracy.

This frightening insider view follows a variety of residents as they grapple with uncertain futures.

Max, a young Hong Kong activist, who must decide if he should stay and fight for democracy, risking jail, or flee and continue to campaign from outside. Max’s fear is contagious as he moves carefully around the city, building networks with those committed to staying and pondering a future in exile where he has freedom but no family.

Rebellion leader Joshua Wong, on trial for organising protests calls for protestors to hold out hope “Now is not the time for us to kow-tow to Beijing and surrender!” declares a defiant Wong only to be jailed a few days after this interview.

Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo packs up her headquarters in the Legislative Council, having resigned in protest at China's squeeze on who can run for office. Mo, concedes it’s a losing battle but is adamant that the fight for democracy will not be stopped.

Some locals - like Australian educated, pro-communist politician Nixie Lam - welcome an end to the chaos of protest, and the return of law and order and denounces the protest leaders as traitors.

As Max prepares to depart, Beijing orders a wave of arrests, sending a thousand police across the city to detain the remaining pro-democracy leadership. Claudia Mo is on the list…‘I never imagined Hong Kong would have come to this’ she says.

A Foreign Correspondent story

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Foreign Correspondent
Australian Broadcasting Corporation