China tightens its freedom-choking grip on Hong Kong

Monday, June 1, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Hong Kong protester arrested (2020)Hong Kong is falling into the authoritarian hands of China’s communist leaders, and a human rights advocate fears for the courageous freedom fighters now watching their freedoms slip away.  

Hong Kong made headlines nearly a year ago, when thousands of protesters  forced their leaders to pull a proposed extradition bill, but China’s leaders were waiting for the right time to pounce even as the vocal opposition ballooned into a bigger push for democracy. 

Eight months after the Hong Kong bill was pulled, the Hong Kong Legislative Council has devolved into fist fights and arrests as pro-democracy lawmakers are witnessing pro-Beijing lawmakers bow to the demands of their communist leaders and allowing democracy to die. 

Last month, pro-Beijing lawmakers introduced a bill to protect China's national anthem from "disrespect," and those same lawmakers will likely get behind a "national security law" introduced by China's national lawmakers last month that will crack down on Hong Kong protests and demonstrations for "unauthorized assembly."

Mosher

Thus any future street protest will now be illegal according to China's national law, with China's authorities enforcing it in Hong Kong's streets. 

Human rights advocate Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and an authority on China, says freedom is slipping away in Hong Kong. 

“The new edict says that anybody basically anytime can be arrested anywhere on the streets of Hong Kong,” he warns, “for vague charges of subversion or terrorism or threatening the motherland.”

Hong Kong tear gasThe former British colony, which was handed to China in 1997 under a "one country, two systems" framework, is recognized worldwide as an economic powerhouse. It is also a beacon of freedom, where more than seven million citizens enjoy freedoms not enjoyed by China’s citizens.

The new national security law, and the way it is being subversively introduced, prompted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to announce Washington will no longer treat Hong Kong as autonomous from Beijing.

Mosher, who lived in China for many years, tells OneNewsNow he is fearful over what will happen to anyone who opposes the brutal regime, much like the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Hong Kong protest sign“This time it will occur in the streets of Hong Kong,” he predicts, “in full view of all of the seven and half billion people of the world.”

Hong Kong holds an annual vigil to remember the Tiananmen Square massacre but Hong Police authorities rejected organizers’ application for the first time ever, The Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, thousands of Hong Kong residents are attempting to get approved for a British passport that would allow them to flee a crackdown, the AP reported.

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