The United States, Britain, Australia and Canada have jointly condemned the arrest of supporters of democracy and large-scale leaders in Hong Kong. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed serious concern with the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada and Britain, Saturday (local time), and the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in Hong Kong, along with people’s rights and freedoms. Called on the Chinese authorities to respect the law in this area.
In a joint statement, the four officials said that ‘We, the US, Australia, Canada, UK Foreign Ministers and the US Secretary of State have expressed serious concern over the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in Hong Kong under the National Security Act. . Underline. ‘
He further said that the National Security Act implemented in Hong Kong on 1 July last year is a clear violation of the Sino-British joint declaration and weakens the framework of ‘one country, two systems’. He said that this law has curbed rights and is being used to end the freedom and discontent of Hong Kong people and to oppose political views.
Hong Kong officials said on Friday that most of the 55 pro-democracy activists arrested this week have been granted bail. However, one activist feared that he could be charged under strict National Security Act in the coming days. Activists have been accused of participating in informal ‘primary’ elections. Officials said there was a conspiracy to disrupt the proceedings of the Legislative Council and to overturn state power.
The ‘primary’ election was held to select the best candidates and the pro-democracy camp claimed victory for most seats. The National Security Act was enacted in Hong Kong last year to suppress disagreement following anti-government demonstrations. As part of the campaign against the supporters of democracy, on Wednesday, the police took major action and arrested many people.
Three of the 55 activists arrested were not released. Of these, Joshua Wong and Tam Tuck Chi are already in jail on separate charges. Former Hong Kong Democratic Party President Wu Chi Wei is also in jail for a separate demonstration.
Wu Chi Wei was granted bail last month in July 2019 for abetting the performance. V was also asked to submit his travel document, but officials later learned that he had not submitted his passport, after which he was not released.