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Widening Hong Kong Crackdown Sweeps Away Unions, Activist Groups

  • Groups representing lawyers and journalists also under threat
  • Foreign NGOs dwindled in number on mainland after 2017 law
Attendees sit during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule at Pui Kiu Middle School in Hong Kong.

Attendees sit during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule at Pui Kiu Middle School in Hong Kong.

Photographer: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg
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Chung Kim-wah cheered Hong Kong’s return to China as a college student, before growing more critical of Beijing’s rule as an academic and pollster. 

Now, his organization, the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute, provides the type of independent surveys that are impossible on the mainland, and frequently points out the deep unpopularity of top leaders, such as Chief Executive Carrie Lam. And lately, friends have been warning Chung to keep a lower profile, as the city extends its crackdown on dissent from well-known activists to the non-profit groups that have long helped push the government to consider opposition views.