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After being released on bail, at a press conference, former Democratic legislator Andrew Wing (left), Lin Zhuoting (second from left) and Huang Hailun (right) at a press conference.
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The United States joined Australia, Britain and Canada on Sunday in condemning the recent arrests of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
Last week, 55 people, including American human rights lawyer John Klinki, were arrested because they participated in the informal election primaries for legislative elections, which violated Chinese laws designed to suppress dissidents in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his colleagues in three other countries said in a joint letter on Sunday: “It is clear that the National Security Act is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views. “
“We call on Hong Kong and the Chinese central government to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong people without worrying about arrest and detention.”
Those arrested under the law have not yet been formally prosecuted, and almost all have been released on bail without bail.
The Hong Kong government fought back with its own statement to defend the applicability of the law.
The statement said: “We are shocked by the remarks of some overseas government officials. These remarks seem to imply that people with certain political beliefs should not be punished by law.”
In 2019, months of violent protests demanding that Hong Kong establish a more democratic government shocked Hong Kong.
Even if it is tried by the United States and other countries, the Communist Party of China has been criticized for more and more oppressive acts.