Prime Minister David Cameron is backing Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement after more than two weeks of demonstrations over Chinese restrictions on how the former British colony chooses its next leader in 2017, Reuters reported Thursday.
Cameron told parliament that it is important Hong Kong is able to enjoy freedoms and rights set out in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, an international agreement which paved the way for the handover of sovereignty to China in 1997.
He stressed the importance Britain attached to the agreement, saying democracy “involves real choices”.
“It [the agreement] talks about rights and freedoms, including those of person, of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of travel, of movement, and, indeed, of strike.
“These are important freedoms, jointly guaranteed through that joint declaration and it’s that which, most of all, we should stand up for.”
Cameron was speaking after pro-democracy protesters clashed overnight with police. Footage of police beating a protester has gone viral on the internet, sparking outrage from some lawmakers and the public.
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