‘I won’t allow this to be the end of Hong Kong’: campaigner on his long fight for democracy


Martin Lee’s father brought his family from China to the city for safe haven. Despite new security laws planned by Beijing, he won’t give up on his ambition

When Martin Lee arrived in Hong Kong from China with his parents in 1949, he was just 11. Lee’s father, Li Yin-wo, was a general in the Nationalist party who fought against the Japanese during the second world war.

After his party was defeated by the Communist party in the civil war, instead of fleeing to Taiwan like most of his army colleagues, he brought his family to Hong Kong, where he became a schoolteacher.

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