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Veteran Hong Kong democracy activists make plea to Britain

Published on Jul 17, 2014 1:37 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists on Wednesday urged former colonial power Britain not to turn a blind eye to "attacks" on freedoms that were enshrined in the 1997 handover to China.

Former Hong Kong number two official Anson Chan and campaigner Martin Lee said the semi-autonomous city risked becoming "ungovernable" just over two weeks after half a million people marched in Hong Kong demanding reforms.

The pair told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, or lower chamber of the British parliament, that London had been failing in its responsibility towards democracy in Hong Kong.

"It is vital that the British government does not turn a blind eye to current developments in Hong Kong, as it has been doing in its recent six-monthly reports," Chan told the committee members.

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