China bans Cathay Pa­cific staff seen to sup­port protests

Hong Kong has seen weeks of protests over China’s con­trol of the ter­ri­tory.

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Cen­tral: China has or­dered the Hong Kong­based air­line Cathay Pa­cific to sus­pend any staff who sup­port pro-democ­racy protests in the ter­ri­tory.

Bei­jing’s de­mand co­in­cided with a peace­ful rally at Hong Kong’s air­port, where thou­sands oc­cu­pied a ter­mi­nal.

Cathay also faced pres­sure on­line af­ter China’s state-run press fu­elled a #Boy­cottCathay­Pa­cific hash­tag, which trended on Chi­nese so­cial me­dia. Hong Kong has seen weeks of protests over China’s con­trol of the ter­ri­tory.

The protests be­gan about nine weeks ago over a pro­posed ex­tra­di­tion bill be­tween Hong Kong and main­land China and evolved into de­mands for greater free­doms.

Hong Kong is part of China but its cit­i­zens have more au­ton­omy than those on the main­land.

It has a free press and ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence un­der the so-called “one coun­try, two sys­tems” approach - free­doms ac­tivists fear are be­ing in­creas­ingly eroded.

The Cathay chair­man said he “wouldn’t dream” of telling his staff what to think.

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