A Hong Kong solidarity protest was held in St Peter's Square in Manchester, UK, on Tuesday 31 August. The demonstration came as it was reported that around 65,000 Hong Kongers have applied for a special five-year UK visa that also offers a pathway to citizenship. The visa scheme has only been running for five months and is a response to a Chinese government crackdown on the territory, in which freedom of speech, assembly and political representation have been significantly curtailed. The UK government originally estimated that around 100,000 people might apply for the scheme in its first year.
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