Four students were allegedly arrested in Hong Kong during the first police operation to enforce China’s new “national security” law. Under the new law, pledges and slogans were arrested during protests.
“Three men and one woman aged 16-21, who claimed to be students, were arrested for violating # National Security Act. They were suspected of secession by advocating #H independence.
A prominent pro-democracy activist; he said one of those arrested was Tony Chung, a student activist, and was detained after writing a Facebook post about “Chinese nationalism.”
“Arrestee mobile phones were hacked by unknown phones #Huawei and #Samsung soon after their arrest. Today’s arrest will clearly send a cooling effect to the #HK online speech, “Wong tweeted.
Silence of disagreement
China is new, written in secret in Beijing and which entered into force in Hong Kong on 1 July, prohibits various vaguely defined crimes, such as “sedation”, which can carry prison sentences. Critics accuse Beijing of using it to suppress a previously semi-autonomous pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, with reports that people are censoring themselves and removing past social media posts for fear of prosecution.
“People are still fighting on the ground. They are still resisting, but they are also feeling horrified, “prominent Hong Kong politician and activist Nathan Law, who fled Hong Kong to the UK shortly after the new” national security “law came. in fact, he told CBS News.
The law became a household name in semi-autonomous Chinese territory as a student leader during the massive pro-democracy protests in 2014 and the emerging Nobel Peace Prize, Together with Wong, he founded the pro-democracy political party Demosisto. The party was dissolved shortly after the entry into force of new legislation on “national security”.
“When we realized that the law was so draconian that we couldn’t even talk about Hong Kong, that it also accused freedom of speech – to actually kill it – then I think, at my discretion, we really need someone to be out and speak for themselves. Hong Kong. That’s why I decided to take on this role, “said Law.
“When you leave Hong Kong, you leave a lot of connections: your family, your friends, the cat you rescued on the street. But it also really gives you the opportunity to take a huge responsibility to speak for the people of Hong Kong, “he said.
“Hong Kong is definitely a very symbolic place”
The arrest comes as a result of reports that the upcoming elections to the Hong Kong Legislative Council or LegCo, currently scheduled for September, could be postponed due to, The United States and Australia issued a joint statement on Tuesday reaffirming their support for “the people of Hong Kong to be able to elect representatives of the Legislative Council on September 6 through truly free and fair elections that are credible and peaceful.”
“Beijing certainly wants to postpone the elections because they are under pressure that the Democratic candidate will behave very well,” the law said, adding that no Hong Kong elected officials had been consulted about the public health concerns announced. “They are trying to postpone for a year, which is an extremely long period and is unjustifiable,” he said.
The law said it hoped that the relative security of the country outside China could exert the necessary international pressure to help control Beijing’s further intervention in Hong Kong’s freedoms.
“I think we need a community around the world based on values that can act multilaterally, assertively and collectively towards China … We need to encourage more allies such as Europe, Japan and South Korea – these Asian democracies – to be in our camps to prevent Beijing’s authoritarian expansion, “Law said.
“I believe that the solution to the problems in Hong Kong is only a reflection of how to limit this authoritarian expansion, and Hong Kong is certainly a very symbolic place to enact these policies in order for China to be held accountable,” he said.