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·         ‘Deeply troubling’: China’s new low blasted as notable pro-democracy advocates rounded up in Hong Kong

China has begun a chilling new crackdown on those wanting a different future for the nation, in a move that has been labelled “deeply troubling”.

 

·         China Defends Hong Kong Cardinal's Arrest As Western Alarm Grows

… the arrest of a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal under Hong Kong's national security law, a move that triggered international outrage and deepened concerns over Beijing's crackdown on freedoms in the financial hub…

 

 

‘Deeply troubling’: China’s new low blasted as notable pro-democracy advocates rounded up in Hong Kong

China has begun a chilling new crackdown on those wanting a different future for the nation, in a move that has been labelled “deeply troubling”.

 

News.com.au Staff writers (Australia) and AFP

May 13, 2022

 

China has begun a chilling new crackdown by rounding up notable pro-democracy advocates, including one of the most senior Catholic clerics in Asia and a well-known Cantonese pop star, in a move that has been blasted as a “deeply troubling” new low.

 

Beijing came out swinging in defence of itself today after the arrest of a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal under Hong Kong’s national security law triggered international outrage and deepened concerns over Beijing’s crackdown on freedoms.

 

Retired cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clerics in Asia, was among a group of veteran democracy advocates arrested Wednesday for “colluding with foreign forces”.

 

Cantonese pop singer Denise Ho, veteran barrister Margaret Ng and prominent cultural studies scholar Hui Po-keung were also arrested, the latter as he attempted to fly to Europe to take up an academic post.

 

“The persons concerned are suspected of conspiracy to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security — an act of severe nature,” said the Commissioner’s Office, which represents Beijing’s foreign ministry in Hong Kong.

 

The four were detained for their involvement in a now-disbanded defence fund that helped pay legal and medical costs for those arrested during the huge and sometimes violent wave of democracy protests three years ago.

 

China responded with a broad campaign to crush the movement and transform the once-outspoken city into something more closely resembling the authoritarian mainland.

 

Zen and his colleagues, who were released on bail late Wednesday, join more than 180 Hong Kongers arrested to date under the national security law Beijing imposed to stop the protests.

 

Those charged are typically denied bail and can face up to life in prison if convicted.

 

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China Defends Hong Kong Cardinal's Arrest As Western Alarm Grows

 

By Jerome Taylor, Su Xinqi and Florian Mueller, International Business Times

05/12/22

 

China on Thursday defended the arrest of a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal under Hong Kong's national security law, a move that triggered international outrage and deepened concerns over Beijing's crackdown on freedoms in the financial hub.

 

Retired cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clerics in Asia, was among a group of veteran democracy advocates arrested Wednesday for "colluding with foreign forces".

 

Pop singer Denise Ho, veteran barrister Margaret Ng and prominent cultural studies scholar Hui Po-keung were also arrested, the latter as he attempted to fly to Europe to take up an academic post.

 

Cyd Ho, a democracy activist currently in jail over a previous protest conviction, was arrested on Thursday.

 

"The persons concerned are suspected of conspiracy to collude with foreign countries or foreign forces to endanger national security -- an act of severe nature," Beijing's foreign ministry office in Hong Kong said.

 

Hong Kong's government said the religious background of those arrested was "completely irrelevant" and that "no one can enjoy a privilege above the law".

 

The five were detained for being trustees of a now-disbanded defence fund that helped pay legal and medical costs for those arrested during the huge and sometimes violent democracy protests three years ago.

 

China responded with a broad campaign to crush the movement and transform the city so that it more closely resembles the authoritarian mainland...

 

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