China cracks down on democracy in Hong Kong

At least 50 pro-democracy activists were arrested Wednesday in Hong Kong in the biggest crackdown on opposition forces in the city under the new national security law.

Preoccupied with the the attempted coup d’état, led by supporters of President Donald Trump, most Americans were unaware of the crackdown by the Chinese government.

Pro-democracy activist Ben Chung (front C) was arrested in Hong Kong on Jan.6, 2021. About 53 Hong Kong opposition figures were arrested under a new national security law.

Hong Kong news outlets said those arrested in the early-morning sweep included several members of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party who took part in an unofficial primary election last July to pick candidates to run in legislative elections initially scheduled for September.

The balloting was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The party said on its Facebook page that former lawmakers and activists Benny Tai, James To, Lester Shum and Lam Cheuk-ting were among those detained.

John Clancey, an American lawyer who works for the prominent Hong Kong law firm Ho, Tse, Wai and Partners that takes on human rights cases, was arrested when police raided the firm’s offices. Clancey was later granted bail and released.

Clancey, who served as the treasurer for political group Power for Democracy, among Hong Kong mass arrests as police raid law firm Ho Tse Wai & Partners

Jailed Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested on a new charge under the national security law on Thursday.

Friends and family of Wong, who is serving a 13 1/2-month prison sentence for organizing and participating in an unauthorized protest in 2019, were informed that he had been arrested on suspicion of violating the national security law and was taken away to give a statement on the new charge.

Wong’s lawyer was unable to meet with him.

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