søndag 19. april 2020

US and UK condemn arrest of Hong Kong democracy activists

The US and UK have criticised the arrest of 15 Hong Kong democracy activists on charges of organising and participating in anti-government protests last year. The arrests on Saturday were the biggest crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement since the outbreak of mass protests last year. “The United States condemns the arrest of pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong,” US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said.

“Beijing and its representatives in Hong Kong continue to take actions inconsistent with commitments made under the Sino-British Joint Declaration that include transparency, the rule of law, and guarantees that Hong Kong will continue to ‘enjoy a high degree of autonomy’.”The arrested supporters of the pro-democracy movement included Democratic Party founder and barrister Martin Lee, 81, millionaire publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, 71, and former lawmaker and barrister Margaret Ng, 72.

Police said those arrested were aged between 24 and 81, and they were detained on charges of organising and participating in “unlawful assemblies” on 18 August and 1 and 20 October last year.