Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Hong Kong: 4 youngsters arrested for online posts under new security Law

Hong Kong: Almost a month ago, the Chinese government imposed a new security law in semiautonomous territory, Hong Kong, to gain authority over it. Three males and one female aged between 16 and 21 were arrested for breaching the new National Security Law. Police stated that the four students were arrested for publishing content about secession, and inciting or abetting others for the commission of secession.

In the image – Senior Superintendent Li Kwai-wah, speaking in a news conference

Mr. Li, a senior superintendent of the Hong Kong police’s new national security department, said that an organization posted on social media about creating a new party to promote Hong Kong’s independence. That post said it could use “all means” to establish “Hong Kong as a country.” He said that this punishable offense committed by the four youngsters is why they put them behind bars. He said that the post was made after the law came into effect, but no further information was provided about either the organization or the content created by them.

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Image: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Whereas Human Rights activists see the incident in an entirely different view. They said everyone has the right to express their opinion, and any action should be taken only if the organization’s act has troubled fellow beings.

“The gross misuse of this draconian law makes clear that the aim is to silence dissent, not protect national security,” said Sophie Richardson, the China director for Human Rights Watch.

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