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The end of Hong Kong?

From the arrest of pro-democracy legislators to election law changes — Hong Kong has undergone extraordinary change after the implementation of Beijing’s national security law. Two pro-democracy activists, who recently fled to Canada, reflect on China’s tightening grip.
Protesters use laser pointers beam at policemen during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Another weekend of protests is underway in Hong Kong as Mainland Chinese police are holding drills in nearby Shenzhen, prompting speculation they could be sent in to suppress the protests. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

For many, the bell is tolling the death of democratic values in Hong Kong. Forty seven legislators have been charged with subversion under the Chinese government's national security law. And just last week, Beijing made changes to Hong Kong's election laws which would essentially only allow people loyal to Beijing to run for leadership.

Today, we bring you the stories of two members of the pro-democracy movement who have been watching these developments from Canada. Davin Wong, a student protest leader in Hong Kong, who's now studying law in Vancouver. And Philip, whose identity we are protecting, who sought asylum in Canada after being arrested on riot charges in Hong Kong in 2019.