UK Criticizes China Following Mass Arrests Of Hong Kong’s Pro-Democrats
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab came in support of the 53 pro-democracy Hong Kong activists who were arrested under the National Security Act, calling China’s action a violation of Hong Kong’s autonomy
China has come under severe global criticism after its mass crackdown of pro-democratic activists in Hong Kong under the controversial National Security Law. In a massive raid conducted yesterday by close to 1,000 police personnel, at least 53 prominent activists and politicians fighting for the establishment of an independent government in the country were detained under the ordinance. The former British colony was freed in 1984 to operate as a ‘one country, two systems’ code along with China. The Xi Jinping administration has however not ceased to interfere in the internal affairs of the part-autonomous country.
Britain Secretary of State, Dominic Raab condemned China’s actions, calling it a violation of the autonomy of Hong Kong. He further said that when the new law was introduced initially, it was justified as a measure to maintain stability in the region. However, he added, the steps taken by Asia’s second largest nation clearly displays its intentions to crush the political dissent harboured by a majority of Hong Kong’s population.
Signed on 30 June 2020, the ordinance, formally known as the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region gives China new expansive powers to oversee and manage the media, internet, schools and other institutions in Hong Kong. With this imposed, the fears of all pro-egalitarian demonstrators about Hong Kong slowly becoming like central China were confirmed.
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