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Last Updated: Monday, 29 September, 2003, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
Asia: Democracy in Hong Kong
Martin Lee
How much does the pro-democracy movement influence government?

In a HARDtalk interview on 29 September, 2003 Tim Sebastian talks to Martin Lee, founder of the Hong Kong Democratic Party.

The postponement of the anti-subversion bill in Hong Kong is being hailed a victory by pro-democracy campaigners.

Martin Lee, the founder of the Democratic Party, argued the anti-subversion bill would have rolled back some basic freedoms, including the freedom of the press, of association, and of religion.

He says the protests against the bill prove the pro-democracy movement is still alive and well in Hong Kong.

But how much influence does it really have?

The bill has been postponed, but how long before it re-emerges?

And does he think the pro-democracy movement can really influence Beijing?

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 03:30 GMT, 08:30 GMT, 11:30 GMT, 15:30 GMT, 18:30 GMT and 22:30 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 03:30 and 23:30


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