Nearly a dozen employees of Hong Kong’s largest airline said that they feel trapped in “a climate of fear and distrust caused by the strict supervision” of the Chinese communist regime, the Washington Post reported.
They noted that the CCP is increasingly subjecting them to “thorough” searches and seizures every time they travel to mainland China. Officials try to “detect any sign of sympathy” for the protests that began weeks ago in Hong Kong.
“We are terrified,” said one of the flight attendants who has been working for Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. for more than five years.
“I feel so scared, it’s like we had lost our ability to express our opinions, our concerns and our hopes,” added her 26-year-old colleague, who also preferred to remain anonymous.
Chinese authorities even download information from their mobile devices, they said.
china daily @ChinaDaily shows a video of the ccp thugs staging violence in a Hong Kong train station. Fascinating how the “police” are absent and the thugs were whisked away on the train. Pooh and piglet are scheming to bring in the PAP and the PLA from Shenzhen before Oct 1st. https://t.co/K1ln4xAIdy
— Kyle Bass (@Jkylebass) August 22, 2019
For the time being, two ground workers and at least three pilots have already left Cathay Pacific in “unclear conditions” because of their alleged support for the protests.
The airline’s CEO, Rupert Hogg, and one of his deputies resigned last Friday after Beijing’s pressure was made public.
The pressure exerted by the Chinese regime
Hogg, 57, resigned days after the party “reprimanded” the airline for “its involvement in the anti-Beijing protests” that have been rocking Hong Kong for three months, Bloomberg said.
In this way, the CEO said he assumed “responsibility of the form in which the airline has responded to the recent events,” with the intention that the company resume the relations with the authorities in China.
The problems for Cathay began after some of its staff supported the protests. The Beijing flight regulator then “imposed a series of restrictions” on the airline, which is increasingly dependent on flights to mainland China.
At the same time, Chinese state-owned companies began to boycott it, asking their employees not to fly with Cathay Pacific, and the airport’s shares fell on Tuesday to “their lowest level in 10 years.”
The company has become the “most visible corporate victim of political turbulence in Hong Kong, with demonstrations against an extradition bill that has become a large-scale, months-long setback against China’s control over the city,” Bloomberg summed up.
Three months ago, citizen demonstrations began in Hong Kong to protest the introduction of a bill that would allow the Chinese Communist Party to arrest dissidents (democrats, journalists who uncover corruption cases, Falun Dafa practitioners, human rights lawyers to name a few) who are passing through or residing in Hong Kong, and extradite them to China where they would be tried by the regime.
The historic protests, supported by hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents, have now turned into a pro-democracy movement to ensure that Hong Kong continues to maintain its special administrative regime for China.