Dozens of opponents arrested in Hong Kong over controversial national security law | International

The Hong Kong Police today arrested fifty opposition politicians and activists for his alleged violation of the controversy National Security Law, the Hong Kong press reported.

Many of the opponents, including several former deputies, were arrested for their participation in the primaries of the Democratic side last July in the face of the legislative elections in September, which were finally postponed by the authorities under the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s about the more numerous arrest since the controversial National Security Law came into force on June 30, which punishes even life imprisonment in cases of secession or collusion with foreign forces.

He Democratic party He assured through his profile on the social network Twitter that the Police considered the Democratic campaign to try to gain the majority in the Hong Kong parliament “an act of subversion that violates the National Security Law.”

Among those arrested are former deputies Leung Kwok-Hung, Gary Fan, Lam Cheuk-ting, Chu Hoi-dick, Au Nok-hin, Alvin Yeung, Wu Chi-wai, James To y Andrew Wan.

The organizer of the primaries, Benny Tai, he was also one of those arrested, as well as Robert Chung, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI), a company that provided the necessary technology to conduct the voting.

PORI number two Chung Kim-wash said today on Commercial Radio that the police contacted him today to help with investigations.

For her part, the researcher on China from the human rights organization Human Rights Watch Maya Wang said today that “the Chinese government has decided to celebrate 2021 with the arrests of more than 50 prominent pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, thus erasing the remnants of democratic appearance that remained in the city ”.

“Once again, Beijing does not learn from its mistakes in Hong Kong: the repression generates resistance, and millions of Hong Kongers will continue their fight for their right to vote and to stand as candidates for a democratically elected government,” he said.

Since the entry into force of the controversial security law – designed and imposed by Beijing – there have been numerous police raids and arrests of activists, before which some of them have chosen to go into exile to try to avoid retaliation for activities that, under the new legislation, could constitute a crime.

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