(RepublicanDaily.org) – Tensions between pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continue to simmer. Though Hong Kong is technically part of the People’s Republic of China, the city’s mini-Constitution grants it a large amount of legislative freedom. In recent years, however, the CCP has been trying to limit its autonomy.
Last June, the CCP introduced a draconian “national security” law in the city, which limits the freedom of speech and political expression. The latest chapter in this story played out on Sunday, February 28, as Hong Kong police arrested 47 individuals charged with conspiracy to commit subversion. The pro-democracy advocates, many of whom were past members of the government in Hong Kong, were arrested and released earlier in the year. They’re scheduled to appear in court on Monday, March 1.
Hong Kong police have detained 47 pro-democracy activists on charges of conspiracy to commit subversion under the city's new sweeping national security law. They allegedly violated the law by participating in unofficial election primaries last year. https://t.co/1Xz4taPJ9n
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 28, 2021
The 47 arrested on Sunday are accused of breaking the national security law by participating in unofficial elections in 2020. This is the largest mass charge since the implementation of the law. Under the terms of the legislation, those accused of wrongdoing could face life imprisonment if convicted.
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