Greater than 50 activists have been arrested in Hong Kong on Wednesday on the premise of the controversial Chinese language safety legislation that was launched final summer time. Based on overseas media, that is the biggest motion in opposition to the incumbent authorities for the reason that new legislation was handed.
American lawyer additionally arrested
Amongst these arrested are well-known leaders of the democratic motion, together with some former opposition parliamentarians. The Democratic Occasion studies on his Fb web page that James To, Lam Cheuk Ting and Lester Shum, amongst others, have been arrested. Police declined to remark.
The Democratic Occasion states that the activists have been arrested by police for working in an election to pick out democracy-minded candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Native authorities and Beijing had already warned that the election might be in breach of safety legislation.
The proposed election participation by the Democratic Occasion is seen by authorities as “an act of undermining nationwide safety legislation,” the Democratic Occasion stated. Hong Kong’s parliamentary elections have been postponed final yr. Based on the federal government, this occurred in reference to the corona pandemic.
Along with dozens of opposition members, an American has additionally been arrested on suspicion of violating nationwide safety legislation, Hong Kong’s public broadcaster reported Wednesday. RTHK. It considerations lawyer John Clancey, who works for a legislation agency that frequently intervenes in human rights circumstances. Clancey additionally chairs the Asian Human Rights Fee and is related to the pro-democratic opposition in Hong Kong.
Beijing enacted a brand new nationwide safety legislation in June for the recalcitrant former British crown colony. That legislation criminalizes every little thing that’s seen by China as separatist or subversive. Cooperation with overseas powers and conspiracy may also lead to life imprisonment.
Western international locations and human rights organizations strongly condemned the brand new legislation, calling it Beijing’s try and crack down on Hong Kong’s opposition. For the reason that introduction of the safety legislation, a number of international locations have launched sanctions in opposition to Hong Kong.