The airline did have a choice... in 2019, they could choose NOT to sack the staff who was on the side of hkers during their free time (NOT in uniform, and being peaceful) against the tyrant HK government at the time, but they did sack them! - don't say it is government owned, as CX is a publicly listed company which at the time was NOT owned by HK government in any means! the airline is run by Swire group as majority shareholder. Swire group btw is also NOT a government run company either. They run the airline... not HK government. Now with the pandemic downturn, and the trade tensions.. hkers would NOT stand alongside with a company which betrayed its values to hkers to support the tyrant government of mainland china and Carrie Lam (CE of HK!)The airline is not the management, whom I expect had very little choice anyway.