Mixe Lee's bosses showed him two Facebook posts. One criticised the police for how they handled the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked the city of Hong Kong since June. Their question for Lee, a Cathay Pacific Airways flight attendant: Did he write them?

Lee denied it, though he had. Then last Thursday, a week after the interrogation, he joined the ranks of those fired by Cathay Pacific after expressing political views that could anger the Chinese government.

"I had never thought that the company would pick on my political orientation," said Lee, 30, who had worked at the carrier's Cathay

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