HK post boxes to lose Bri­tish in­signia; plan sparks back­lash

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Plans by the Hong Kong post of­fice to cover up royal Bri­tish in­signia on his­toric mail boxes have sparked a back­lash from con­ser­va­tion cam­paign­ers and ac­cu­sa­tions of a push to erase the city’s colo­nial past.

A crown and cypher — a mono­gram of the Bri­tish monarch at the time — fea­tures on 59 post boxes around the city, mostly the in­signia of Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

But Hongkong Post de­scribed them as “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” in a city which re­verted to Chi­nese sovereignty in 1997.

It said in a state­ment it planned to cover up the in­signia but would not dam­age them in the process.

There are more than 1,000 street post boxes around the city and all would dis­play the post of­fice’s hum­ming­bird logo to make them “easily iden­ti­fi­able,” it said.

The move comes weeks af­ter for­mer Bei­jing of­fi­cial Chen Zuo’er called for the semi-au­ton­o­mous city to shake off its colo­nial past.

Un­der a “one coun­try, two sys­tems” agree­ment, Hong Kong has far greater free­doms than the main­land, but there are fears that these are be­ing eroded by in­creased in­flu­ence from Bei­jing.

Hong Kong re­mains deeply di­vided over its po­lit­i­cal fu­ture in the wake of mass pro-democ­racy protests at the end of last year.

Bri­tish colo­nial flags have been waved by some anti-gov­ern­ment protesters.


The royal Bri­tish in­signia on a his­toric mail box is pic­tured in Hong Kong on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 7.

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