A newly radicalized youth has added a dangerous sub-layer to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, leading to increasingly violent battles with riot police.
Just a one-hour ferry ride away in Macau, there has been no such opposition to Chinese rule.
Its politicians have long since passed pro-Beijing security laws, whereas in Hong Kong failed attempts to do so have triggered the unrest.
In the run up to the anniversary, senior figures of China’s Communist Party praised Macau for embracing the way Beijing wants to implement “one country, two systems”.
“Macau people have been standing fast with the core value of loving our country and Macau,” Li Zhanshu, the chairman of China’s rubber-stamp parliament, said in a speech.
“They have very strong concepts of nation and constitution.”
Li held up Macau as a model for Hong Kong, lecturing the rebellious city to better understand its relationship with China.
“For some aspects of work, the central government expects the same for Hong Kong and Macau,” he said.