Dear Catherine West,
I am writing to persuade you that Britain should get involved in supporting Hong Kong in their fight against oppression by the Chinese government. As I’m sure you are aware, there are currently protests in the streets of Hong Kong related to a new law about prisoners being sent to China for their trial. Why is this such a big deal, you might ask? Well the courts in China are controlled by the government and statistics show that 99.9% of people who are tried in a Chinese court are sent to prison for crimes they may or may have not committed. Does that sound fair to you?
On top of that, although the protests started off relatively peaceful, they soon became violent when the government did not listen, with beatings and tear gas being used by police to stop protestors. That is bad enough but now, in the last few weeks, violence has escalated to the point of complete brutality. Two weeks ago, a teenage student (an innocent protestor) was shot by police. That is not acceptable and, as a country, we have to decide that enough is enough. It is time to step in and do something about this, before shootings turn to murders.
Why should we help, you say? Well first of all there is the simple matter of Hong Kong having belonged to Britain for 150 years as a colony. Therefore we have a shared history. When Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, they did so on the basis of an agreement of ‘one country, two systems’. What this means is that Hong Kong was given permission to keep the same political and economical systems as they had when they were a colony of Britain: that is freedom of speech and human rights among other things. It was promised that this would be the case until 2047. Can’t you see that China is breaking their side of the deal? As our country was involved in making this promise, we have a responsibility to ensure that it is upheld.
There is so much that you and the government can do to help the situation, and I implore you to take action as soon as possible. The first step should be to simply speak up about what is happening and encourage other countries to take our side. After all, a legal agreement has been broken here and somebody needs to make sure the Chinese and Hong Kong government sactually know that. If this doesn’t work, you will need to take more serious action. I have seen it suggested that the UK should impose sanctions (or punishments) on senior Hong Kong officials, freezing their assets and taking away their British citizenship. This might sound extreme, but if it works in protecting human rights in Hong Kong it will be worth it.
If all else fails, is there a possibility that Britain might retake Hong Kong? At this moment, it seems like the best decision. An agreement has been broken after all…
I hope you will take this letter seriously and bring this to the attention of the government as a matter of urgency.