Thousands of Hong Kong residents are fleeing the semi-autonomous city for Britain as the Chinese communist party begins to refuse certain passports and travel documents and fears of repercussions for supporting pro-democracy groups increases.
The Chinese government announced Saturday that it would no longer accept Hong Kong residents’ British National Overseas documentation for identity or travel purposes.
Now, 7,000 have so far fled to Britain and Axios reports that many are saying it is over a fear of crackdowns on those who support pro-democracy demonstrations and movements.
The AP further reported that most do not plan to ever return to Hong Kong
Axios reported in July that when China moved to restrict BNO identification, Britain saw it as violating its 1997 agreement in which terms were agreed upon that China would leave Hong Kong as an independent political entity for 50 years after Britain returned the city.
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