Nov. 2 (UPI) — The opposition Democratic Occasion in Hong Kong stated Monday that an eight lawmaker has been arrested in connection to a council assembly in Could that devolved into chaos.
The celebration stated in an announcement that Ted Hui Chi Fung was arrested Monday morning on two counts of violating the Legislative Council Powers and Privileges Ordinance, together with obstruction of legislative council officers, in connection to the Could eight assembly throughout which lawmakers bodily fought over management of the assembly.
Hui was arrested whereas visiting the police station regarding his arrest in late summer time on fees of collaborating in riots on July 21, 2019, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.
Hui’s arrest got here a day after police arrested seven incumbent and former pro-democracy politicians over the Could eight assembly.
He stated in an announcement on Fb previous to his arrest that he discovered he was on a listing of these wished by the police by the media and had not obtained any message from the authorities.
“Even when I’m arrested later, I’ll stay fearless and proceed to battle for Hongkonger’s democracy,” he stated.
On Monday, america lambasted the arrests as a “clear abuse of regulation enforcement for political functions.”
“The Hong Kong authorities’s harassment and intimidation of pro-democracy representatives and makes an attempt to stifle dissent are stark examples of its ongoing complicity with the authoritarian Chinese language Communist Occasion, which seeks to dismantle the promised autonomy of Hong Kong and eviscerate respect for human rights,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in an announcement.
The US has taken a powerful stance towards Chinese language encroachment on Hong Kong, which was promised “a excessive diploma of autonomy” for no less than 50 years within the Sino-British Joint Declaration that returned the area to Chinese language rule in 1997.
The Trump administration has taken steps to punish China over its whittling away of the previous British territory’s autonomy, efforts that have been additional strengthened after Beijing instituted a draconian nationwide safety regulation upon Hong Kong that Pompeo described because the “loss of life knell” of its separation from China.
“We name on Beijing and the Hong Kong authorities to respect the correct of the Hong Kong folks to air their grievances via their elected representatives,” Pompeo stated within the assertion. “The US stands with the folks of Hong Kong.”