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UK rebukes China for mass arrests in Hong Kong

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 7, 2021 18:29

UK rebukes China for mass arrests in Hong Kong

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called China’s mass arrest of politicians and activists in Hong Kong “unacceptable” and said it was “further evidence” of China violating the freedoms and autonomy of people in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong police arrested 53 people in dawn raids on democracy activists on Wednesday (January 6) in the biggest crackdown since China last year imposed a security law which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony.

Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy advocates were arrested in raids on 72 premises as the authorities said last year’s unofficial vote to choose opposition candidates in city elections was part of a plan to “overthrow” the government.

The arrests were linked to an unprecedented, independently organised and non-binding vote to select opposition candidates for a since-postponed legislative election.

About 1,000 police took part in the raids, which included searches of the offices of a pollster and a law firm.

Critics say the June 2020 security law crushes wide-ranging freedoms promised when the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997 and the arrests place China further on a collision course with the United States just as Joe Biden prepares to take over the presidency.

Police did not name those arrested, but their identities were revealed by their social media accounts and their organisations. They included former lawmakers, activists and people involved in organizing the 2020 primaries, among them James To, Lam Cheuk-ting, Benny Tai and Lester Shum.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 7, 2021 18:29

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