Hong Kong arrests 53 for plot to overthrow govt

Hong Kong, January 6

The Hong Kong police arrested 53 people in dawn raids on democracy activists on Wednesday in the biggest crackdown since China last year imposed a new security law which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony.

Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy advocates were arrested in raids on 72 premises as the authorities said last year’s unofficial vote to choose opposition candidates in city elections was part of a plan to “overthrow” the government.

“The Chinese Communist Party (CPC) has further turned the screw in Hong Kong,” said Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong. “We should not be seeking to contain China but to constrain the CPC,” Patten said.

Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee said those arrested had planned to cause “serious damage” to society and that authorities would not tolerate such subversive activities.

Biden’s pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, tweeted, “The arrests are an assault on those advocating for universal rights.” — Reuters

Ruling party bans airing dissent

  • As China’s ruling Communist Party gears up to celebrate its centenary year, it has revised rules for its 92 million members, stipulating that no public expression of dissent will be tolerated.
  • But party cadres have been granted the right to seek the removal of leaders if they are found incompetent, according to the amended rules published by Xinhua news agency. pti

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