Widespread protests in Hong Kong, and abandoned demonstrations in Auckland, show China's creeping censorship should be rebuffed.

In 1997 sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to China. To assuage concerns about residents losing civil rights to mainland China's arbitrary rule of law, Beijing promised to maintain Hong Kong's freedoms under the concept of "one country, two systems".

Events in the city over the past two months seems to show one country has taken precedence over two systems, and exposed long-suppressed fault-lines between the Chinese government and the hopes of many of its subjects.


Large-scale protests