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Hong Kong Its March of 1997 and a political cartoonist who goes by the pen name Zunzi sketches in a cafe in Hong Kong Many Americans take this right for granted Zunzi however is thankful that his newspaper is among the few that have avoided self-censoring as the Chinese take-over approaches bringing with it harsh censorship laws He draws a picture of a smiling man outfitted in the lower half of a dog costume preparing to put on its head The man symbolizes wealthy businessmen in Hong Kong and the costume symbolizes their willingness to obey Beijing by assuming positions of power such as the Preparatory Committee and the Provisional Legislature They change their costume and identity in whichever group they are in while remaining loyal to China by acting as Chinas puppets This way China has a strong grip on political affairs in Hong Kong Zunzi is aware his days in Hong Kong are limited Sesser 21 As China takes over many laws that restrict Hong Kongs free speech are being put into effect causing uneasiness among citizens Despite Chinas attempt to control Hong Kong citizens struggle to maintain the democratic lifestyle to which they are accustomed The Chinese governments restriction of free speech has oppressed many citizens of Hong Kong Before the hand-over on July 1 1997 a vigil was held in Hong Kongs Victoria Park for the victims of the June 4 1989 massacre at Tianemen Square Fifty-thousand people attended the vigil which remembered those who died while rallying for democracy Said pro-democracy campaigner Szeto Wah Tonight we are again using sparks of candlelight solidified drops of tears to remember you and mourn you However demonstrations like this are not looked on by approval by the new government that will come with the hand-over The soon-to-be executive chief Tung Chee-hwa expressed his disapproval of the vigil by saying that it is time to set aside the burden of June 4 New laws
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