Security Law Snares Opposition Leaders in Hong Kong

Security Law Snares Opposition Leaders in Hong Kong

Security Law Snares Opposition Leaders in Hong Kong

While American journalists focused on CPAC over the weekend, the Beijing-controlled Hong Kong government charged 47 dissidents under the National Security Law. Their crime? Last July they held an unofficial primary vote prior to Legislative Council elections in September. They wanted to choose the best pro-democracy candidates to run for office, with the goal of securing a majority in the Council.

Over 600,000 Hong Kongers cast their votes for the pro-democracy candidates, which poked the CCP dragon.

The 47, which includes 39 men and eight women aged 23 to 64, are charged with “conspiracy to commit subversion” for creating a process which is so familiar to Americans. They could receive life in prison.

Not only that, as I write this, the court is deciding whether or not to grant bail to the 47. Police also have arrested one of their attorneys.

But the people of Hong Kong will not stop demanding their freedom. They gathered outside the courthouse, despite warnings that they may be violating the national security law.

The activists took to social media over the weekend to share their final words before facing the court. As district Councillor Sam Cheung wrote:

“Ideas are bulletproof. Our future is never determined. It’s the people who can walk through the fog, that can actualise the future. Our will and our faith will be our guiding light through everything.”

While a young student activist recalled a hike she took across Hong Kong:

“One stands upright in the mountains, the heart is at peace even when the terrain is rugged. Thank you for your care. If I am detained, I hope that, when I would be released, you all will still be here, persisting.”

Stand News, a pro-democracy website based in Hong Kong, created a video of nine activists as they prepared to lose their freedom.

Meanwhile, nations around the world have condemned the Hong Kong government. These include the United Kingdom, the European Union, Taiwan, and yes, the United States.

In fact, Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that “freedom of expression” should not be a crime. Plus, the “U.S. stands with the people of Hong Kong.”

Moreover, a State Department spokesman added in an email:

“Political participation should never be a crime. . . .This is yet another example of how the National Security Law is used to stifle dissent, not improve security.”

Fine words, but it seems that members of the Biden administration have some cozy links to China.

For example, Antony Blinken himself has ties. Blinken co-founded a consultancy, WestExec Advisors, which helped corporations and academic institutions obtain interests in China. In addition, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki was on the payroll.

Plus, UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield praised China during a paid speech at Savannah State University. What’s more, Thomas-Greenfield was a senior vice president at former Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s “Albright Stonebridge Group.” This is a “global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy firm” which touts its Chinese practice.

Then there’s “Asia Czar” Kurt Campbell, who was a board vice-chairman of the U.S.-China Strong Foundation — part of China’s Confucius Institute. So what is the Confucius Institute? It gives off warm fuzzy vibes, promoting “people-to-people exchanges” between China and the US. However, it also has infiltrated over 100 American universities with communist messaging. It has also spied on American students.

And speaking of the Confucius Institute: Victoria Nuland, a state department nominee, defended the Confucius Institute when she was with the Obama administration.

“This [Confucius Institute] is something that we support. It’s part of the people-to-people understanding.”

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Victoria Nuland. US Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/flickr/public domain.

So considering the ties this administration has with China, can the freedom activists in Hong Kong really expect them to back them? Or are Blinken’s words just flowery sentiments which merely sound good in a tweet? Even some anti-Trump pundits in Hong Kong don’t hold out much hope for Biden’s support.

Meanwhile, 47 courageous Hong Kongers may go to prison for the crime of exercising freedom of speech.


Featured image: Jonathan van Smit/flickr/cropped/colorized/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!


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