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The exiles: Hong Kong at a crossroads

BBC, 04 Feb 2021
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters with British national overseas (BNO) passports now face a stark choice. Do they take the opportunity, now open to them, to flee to the United Kingdom and start a new life? Or do they stay and continue to try to fight for greater autonomy from China?

The UK relaxing its visa rules was announced in July last year in response to a sweeping national security law passed by Beijing, which critics say has been used to silence dissent.

China says the law has restored stability to Hong Kong, and called the UK visa scheme a violation of sovereignty and gross interference in its internal affairs.

This is the story of two pro-democracy protesters having to make the decision to stay or to go. Names have been changed to protect their identity.

Produced by: Grace Tsoi. Directed, filmed and edited by: Wei Wang. Executive producer: Rebecca Henschke.

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