China bans airline staff backing Hong Kong protests

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China has ordered the Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific to suspend any staff who support pro-democracy protests in the territory.
Beijing’s demand coincided with a peaceful rally at Hong Kong’s airport, where thousands occupied a terminal.
Cathay also faced pressure online, after China’s state-run press fuelled a ‘Boycott-Cathay-Pacific’ hash-tag, on Chinese social media.
Hong Kong is part of China, but its citizens have more autonomy than those on the mainland, with a free press and judicial independence under the so-called ‘One Country – Two Systems’ approach. Protests began about nine weeks ago over a proposed controversial extradition bill between Hong Kong and mainland China, and evolved into demands for greater freedoms.

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