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Fear of HK security law spreads in Vancouver, but some dare wave the black flags of ‘revolution'

Ian Young

18 July 2020

https://www.scmp.com/comment/blogs/article/3093721/delete-my-number-fear-hong-kong-security-law-spreads-vancouver-some


“You’ll delete my number won’t you? After we hang up, you’ll delete that, right?” said the protester, who asked that I identify her only as “Jessica”.


Jessica lives in Vancouver, where she attends protests about Hong Kong – waving the same black flag that resulted this month in the first charge of inciting secession under new national security laws in her former home city.


The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.


“Liberate Hong Kong; Revolution of Our Times,” the allegedly secessionist flag proclaims.


For the past year, such flags have been a feature of Hong Kong-related protests in Vancouver, home to a large diaspora population. But the introduction of Hong Kong’s new national security laws on July 1 has raised the stakes for flag-waving protesters who now weigh the risks of prosecution should they ever return to the city.


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