Hong Kong Transfer

NPR's Mary Kay Magistad reports from Hong Kong on the final session of the democratically-elected legislature there, which is being dissolved to make way for a Beijing-appointed body that will take over after the July 1st handover. The final session comes on a day when Beijing said that 4,000 troops would arrive in Hong Kong within hours of taking power, and would be accompanied by armored vehicles. It's been known for some time that the troops would be coming, but news of the armored vehicles—similiar to those used against pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square in 1989—has surprised and angered some. Outgoing British governor Chris Patten condemned the move as 'an appalling signal to the people of Hong Kong.'



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