April 17, 2020
This is a virtual event.
Chatham House is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization, based in London, which focuses its research and analysis on international and current affairs. It is hosting a webinar titled “Hong Kong: Dissent in the Age of Coronavirus,” which “will look at the current state of dissent in Hong Kong and prospects for Hong Kong’s future.”
Per Chatham House, “Street protests demanding greater autonomy and democratization in Hong Kong upended the city for seven months last year. However, with the outbreak of the coronavirus in China in late January, the protests quickly died out. What does this mean for the city’s protest movement? The speaker will argue that, despite the lack of high-profile street rallies, protest in the city is continuing. It is building on and evolving from last year’s protest movement albeit in different forms. At the same time, the Hong Kong authorities, emboldened by a hard line from Beijing, have begun cracking down on activists and protesters in the city as they seek to put a lid on dissent ahead of important Legislative Council elections scheduled for this September.”