In recent years, as many as two million people—more than a quarter of Hong Kong’s population—have taken to the streets to defend the city’s semi-autonomous status under the one country, two systems principle from Beijing’s tightening control. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, protests calling for greater political freedoms from mainland China continued undeterred. What are the driving forces behind today's pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and how will China's newly implemented security law affect the movement? Leading activist and former member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council Nathan Law joins the Financial Times' Edward Luce for a virtual conversation on democracy, political activism, and the future of Hong Kong.
After China's new security law came into effect in Hong Kong on June 30, the pro-democracy Demosistō movement disbanded, and many of its leaders fled the city to avoid arrest. As a result, the original speaker confirmed for the program, Demosistō Secretary-General Joshua Wong, is unable to participate under present conditions. Prior registrants for the event do not need to re-register.