“We couldn’t have a honeymoon last year because our travel documents were forfeited,” To recalled.
Last year’s pro-democracy rallies raged for more than seven months, the culmination of years of rising fears that Hong Kong’s unique freedoms are being eroded by mainland Chinese rule.
Mass arrests and the coronavirus brought the cycle of unrest to an end. But resentment towards Beijing still simmers.
Last month China imposed a sweeping national security law on the city, handing authorities a much broader set of tools to prosecute dissenters.
But Tong says he believes Hong Kongers will continue to voice dissatisfaction with how their city is run.
“A political problem can’t be resolved with laws,” he said.
“Suppression and intimidation will only make people more angry, and eventually, what use will punishment be when some are not even afraid of death?”
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