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Hong Kong plans protest against Macau curbs

Hong Kong plans protest against Macau curbs

A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators will travel to Macau this weekend to protest recent immigration restrictions seen as linked to the gambling hub's recently enacted national security laws. In late February, Macau passed a controversial national security bill amid concerns they would erode civil liberties, with some Hong Kong critics having been denied entry to the city.
"Please can the Macau government ... return to a normal state and respect the immigration arrangements between Hong Kong and Macau," said pro-democracy legislator Cyd Ho, who will travel with a group of around 30 others this Sunday to defy the curbs.
Since the legislation was first proposed last year, a number of Hong Kong academics, pro-democracy politicians and activists have been barred from the former Portuguese colony.
"(Macau) must no longer restrict citizens' freedom of travel between the two places," she added, while flanked by other democrats who held a banner with the words "Free Entry to Macau."
In December, many of the same pro-democracy legislators were barred entry to the world's top gaming hub, where they planned to protest the national security or Article 23 laws.


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:23 GMT+08:00