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Hong Kong opts to remove 'inappropriate' British emblems from post boxes

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 09/10/2015 | 19:26

Royal Mail post box in Britain
Royal Mail post box in Britain

Debate is raging in Hong Kong as to whether the British royal insignia should be removed from the nation's post boxes.

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Hongkong Post have stated that it is 'inappropriate' to display the colonial symbol and have decided to cover up all such markings.

However some citizens are angry, arguing that the post boxes form part of Hong Kong's historical heritage and should not be altered.

A member of the Conservancy Association told the South China Morning Post that he believes that the decision made by the postal company may have been politically motivated.

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Some protesters have pointed the finger of suspicion at pro-China sentiment, after a former Beijing official called upon Hong Kong to 'de-colonise'.

As a result of negotiations between China and Britain, Hong Kong was transferred to the People's Republic of China under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

The territory became a special administrative region of China with a high degree of autonomy on 1 July 1997.

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When the country reverted to Chinese rule the British style red post boxes were painted green.

Hong Kong currently has 59 colonial-era post boxes.

There are 51 post boxes in Hong Kong with Queen Elizabeth’s royal symbol.

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