Some of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong were stranded while they were out enjoying their day-off. This was due to the ongoing protests that show no signs of stopping. The OFWs are worried because they might be terminated by their employers for not returning back to work on time.
GMA News stringer Corazon Amaya-Cañete said in a report to GMA’s “Unang Balita” that protests are now also happening in tourist spots like Nathan Road and Causeway Bay where many tourists go to shop for affordable shoes, clothes, gadgets, and other stuffs.
In a GMA news it said that DFA disclosed that recently a Filipino (unnamed for identity protection) was accosted by the police because they believed that he was one of the protesters. The Filipino was at the place where there was a protest because he was buying food.
DFA assured the Filipino community that the case is being taken care of and there is a legal counsel provided for the Filipino.
The unrest in Hong Kong is pro-democracy according to the Hong Kongers. BBC posted a review of Hong Kong’s supposed extradition to mainland China. It is to be recalled that Hong Kong was a British colony for more than 150 years. In a treaty, the Hong Kong island was relinquished to UK after a war in 1842 followed by China leasing the rest of Hong Kong, called the New Territories, to the British for 99 years.
Since then, Hong Kong became a busy trading port and has managed to make its economy very powerful by becoming a manufacturing hub and a tourist destination.
When the 99-year-lease period was about to come to an end, China and Britain began talks on the future of Hong Kong with China arguing that all of Hong Hong should be relinquished to the Chinese government.
In 1984, the two countries reached a deal that Hong Kong would be handed over to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” principle, which means that while becoming a part of one country with China, Hong Kong would still enjoy a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defense affairs” for 50 years.
However, things are changing. The Hong Kongers feel that their freedom is being controlled by China and they are protesting to voice their dissatisfaction with the city’s government and its policies, hence, the uprising that is growing worse since it started in June.
The protests are becoming ruthless as some Hong Kong protesters threw the Chinese national flag twice into Victria Harbor provoking fury on mainland China.- LMI
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