Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Fuelled by the scandals related to deaths of activist Li Wangyang and fear of losing freedoms granted by the Basic Law, the population of Hong Kong will take to the streets to demonstrate against the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao . The communist leader will arrive in the Territory on 29 June to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the island's return to the motherland, but the visit, which ends Sunday, July 1, will probably be marked by street protests and formal demonstrations. Meanwhile, analysts and experts speculate about the future of Hong Kong.
The Chinese regime's news agency Xinhua, has announced that Hu will arrive Friday "to attend the ceremony of the 15th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong" and to attend the inauguration of the fourth post-British local government. Before leaving, the President will announce a series of economic measures to improve the use of the yuan in the Territory and for an expansion of financial services offered on-site.
Many believe that Hu, who has not visited the Territory for 5 years, will find a very different city. The organizers of the annual protest, the Front for human and civil rights, think they will gather at least 50 thousand people for the march on Sunday, but hope to exceed last year's 218 thousand. The signs are there: for the first time the police approved the entire route, and the scandal related to the "suicide" in prison of Li Wangyang - union leader and one of the key leaders of the Tiananmen Square protests - has aroused widespread indignation.
Starry Lee Wai-king, vice president of the Democratic Alliance for the Development and Progress of Hong Kong, says he wants to express "the real concerns of the population in case of a meeting with President Hu. We will express as much in a genuine manner". For Johnny Lau Yui-siu "on the one hand, Beijing has refused to handle the death of Li in order to appear subservient to the public, but on the other there is the suspicious behaviors of the new Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, that is pushing many to come out on the street and so embarrass the central government. "