British national with lots of opinions discovers that his kind ain’t welcome in Hong Kong:
A British human rights activist who is vocal in criticising China and advocating for democracy in Hong Kong was barred from entering the city on Wednesday.
Benedict Rogers, the deputy chair of the UK Conservatives’ human rights commission, flew into Hong Kong on Wednesday morning on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok.
Update: ‘The idea of Hong Kong people running Hong Kong is dead,’ says British activist denied entry to the city
Rogers told HKFP at around 1:50pm that Hong Kong Immigration had denied him entry. No reason was provided to him.
I’m surprised they didn’t say “You yourself know the reason.”
Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui, who met Rogers in the UK earlier this month, said he understood that the Chinese embassy has warned Rogers that he will not be allowed to enter Hong Kong, despite causing no security threat.
“Now the warning from the embassy has come true, it means that the Hong Kong government has given up its autonomy on immigration to the central government,” said Hui.
This detail is telling:
As he was escorted to his flight out of Hong Kong, Rogers said, he turned to the immigration officer taking him to the plane and thanked him for treating him well. “I said: ‘Does this mean “one country, two systems” is dead? Is it “one country, one system” now?’
“He looked at me actually very sadly, almost with tears in his eyes, and said: ‘I’m just doing my job. I can’t comment.’”
Hong Kong’s immigration department said it did not comment on specific cases, but went on to dispute Rogers’ version of events, saying its staff member who had escorted Rogers to the gate had not heard his comment on “one country, two systems”.
Reciprocity. Maybe the British government should turn back the next Hong Kong national who arrives at Heathrow Airport, unless a satisfactory explanation is provided.
More on the various ways in which Hong Kong as most people know it is over.