The past year has changed Hong Kong forever, leaving many residents grieving. Since China imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong in June 2020, the mainland government has tightened its grip on the city, purging any elements deemed “unpatriotic” at a breathtaking speed. The legislation criminalises subversion, secessionism, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison. Within a few months, the electoral system was overhauled and key democracy activists arrested. Independent media outlets have shut down. Civil society groups have disbanded or gone silent. Several songs, books and films became illegal. History is being re-written and freedom continues to die. Some fear the city’s unique identity has been permanently lost.
Louise Delmotte is a 22 year-old freelance journalist living in Hong Kong. Originally from France, she studied politics at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
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