‘We swam to Hong Kong for freedom half a century ago. What now?’

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    Hon Man Po is a freedom swimmer who fled China for Hong Kong. He arrived in 1968 after years of trying. 

    Two years prior he swam for five hours in the dark from the mainland to Macau, where he made enough money to take an illegal boat journey to Hong Kong.

    He was one of hundreds of thousands who followed that route between 1950 and 1980. 

    More than 50 years ago, Hon risked his life in search of liberty, but now – with the implementation of a new national security law by China – he sees that same fear he was escaping invading his life again.

    • ‘Back where we were’: history repeats for Hong Kong’s freedom swimmers – https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/28/back-where-we-were-history-repeats-for-hong-kongs-freedom-swimmers

    • The fight for Hong Kong – a special Guardian feature series – https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/the-fight-for-hong-kong

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