Fifty-three pro-democracy activists and former Hong Kong lawmakers “have been arrested on suspicion of undermining,” the South China Morning Submit reported, citing a police supply.

In response to this publication, taken over by DPA and Agerpres, these activists and former parliamentarians had been arrested for his or her function within the major elections for the Legislative Council.

That is the biggest mass arrest made below the brand new legislation on nationwide safety, a normative act imposed by the communist regime in Beijing within the former British colony in June final 12 months, the DPA notes.

After being a British colony for 99 years, Hong Kong returned to Chinese language rule in 1997 as a semi-autonomous area with its personal administrative, authorized and financial methods. Nonetheless, Beijing is working to cancel this standing.

The EU calls for the discharge of opponents

On Wednesday, the European Union referred to as for the “quick launch” of opponents arrested in Hong Kong.

“We name for the quick launch of these arrested,” stated Peter Stano, a spokesman for European International Minister Josep Borrell.

“Member States want to degrade the state of affairs in Hong Kong and can focus on this on the January 25 assembly of overseas ministers,” he stated, in accordance with AFP.

“The implementation of the brand new legislation on nationwide safety is a supply of nice concern to the EU, as it’s getting used to crush the opposition and stifle political freedoms,” Stano stated.

The European Union intends to impose sanctions on China, an possibility already mentioned on the December 7 assembly of overseas ministers.