Another sacking for Hong Kong protest supporter
A lawyer working for BNP Paribas in Hong Kong has left the French bank after he posted comments on his personal Facebook page in support of the ongoing protests. The employee was in charge of legal affairs in the bank’s debt capital markets division.
Speaking out in favour of the Hong Kong protestors is a dangerous game for any employee, who risks losing their job if they do. Last month, China’s aviation authorities informed Hong Kong’s airline Cathay that staff members who had supported or participated in the protests posed a safety risk and would be banned from crossing into the country’s airspace.
Cathay’s CEO Rupert Hogg was another casualty, resigning after Beijing clamped down on the airline’s staff, warning them against joining the protests.
October 1st marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and protesters are expected to rally in Hong Kong dressed in black. Authorities are likely to roll out a large security blanket as the Hong Kong government holds a low-key ceremony. The trouble will undoubtedly continue.