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Colonial flags fly again as anger grows in Hong Kong over erosion of freedom

CONTROVERSIAL SYMBOL:Protesters said use of the UK flag did not indicate a desire to restore colonial rule, but is aimed at China’s authoritarian rule of Hong Kong

AFP, HONG KONG

Other critics, including those from the city’s pro-democracy political camp, said any “good old days” notion is largely misguided, as corruption and malpractice were once widespread before a major clean-up in the 1970s.

“During colonial times, there was no freedom and our rights were denied but in the late 1980s, the government won people’s trust and it was seen as clean,” said Avery Ng (吳文遠), vice-chairman of maverick lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung’s (梁國雄) League of Social Democrats party.

The party has called for full democracy in Hong Kong to replace the current system.

“I understand the current sentiment but this is very sad for Hong Kong that people would rather look back at colonial times,” Ng added.

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