Hong Kong’s best-known democracy advocate said Friday he will end his political career but keep pressing for greater rights, a campaign that has already led Beijing to brand him a traitor.
Martin Lee, 69, said he will not run for re-election in the local legislature in September. However, he said, he will “continue pushing for democracy in Hong Kong until we have democracy.”
Lee’s high-profile campaign for direct elections in Hong Kong has made him a champion of human rights to many in the West and a reviled troublemaker to China. He was first elected to the local legislature in 1985.
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