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World governments are condemning the arrest of Hong Kong protesters


Hong Kong Protesters

Hong Kong Protesters

Foreign governments criticized the arrest of 15 Hong Kong democracy activists in a police sweep on charges of organizing and participating in anti-government protests last year.

The arrests on Saturday were the biggest crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy movement since the outbreak of mass protests last year.

Major and often violent demonstrations broke out across the former British colony on those days.

They were all due to appear in court on May 18. Police said more arrests were possible.

Some of those arrested were released on bail late on Saturday.

In Britain, a Foreign Office representative said the government expected any arrests and court procedures to be “conducted in a fair and transparent manner.”

TRUST AND DIALOGUE

The Foreign Office also said the right to peaceful protest was “fundamental to Hong Kong’s way of life” and authorities should avoid “actions that inflame tensions.”

“The authorities should focus on rebuilding trust through a process of meaningful political dialog,” the Foreign Office said.

The Hong Kong government defended the arrests, which the city’s Security Bureau said were carried out in line with the law.

“In Hong Kong, everyone is equal before the law … No one has any special privileges,” said a bureau spokesman.

The International Bar Association condemned the arrests of Lee and Ng, who have been active human rights and rule of law campaigners during their careers.

It was vital that justice was applied transparently in Hong Kong, especially while the world is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, it said.

“It is critical that authorities do not use their powers to encroach on fundamental human rights, and it is vital that legal systems continue to protect citizens from any abuse of power which may otherwise be unseen during the COVID-19 crisis in which the international community is submerged,” it said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

In a special report published on Tuesday, three of Hong Kong’s top judges told Reuters that the independence of the city’s judicial system is under assault from the Communist Party leadership in Beijing. The judiciary, they said, is in a fight for its survival.

Hong Kong returned to Beijing in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees it broad freedoms not seen in mainland China, and a high degree of autonomy.

Source: Jerusalem Post – World governments are condemning the arrest of Hong Kong protesters

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