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HomeSummarized NewsHong Kong arrests 53 for plot to ‘overthrow’ government in latest crackdown on dissent.

Hong Kong arrests 53 for plot to ‘overthrow’ government in latest crackdown on dissent.

  • Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy advocates were arrested in raids on 72 premises.As China last year imposed a security law which opponents say is aimed at quashing dissent in the former British colony.
  • The arrests were linked to an unprecedented, independently organised and non-binding vote to select opposition candidates for a since-postponed legislative election.
  • About 1,000 police took part in the raids, which included searches of the offices of a pollster and a law firm.Police did not name those arrested, but their identities were revealed by their social media accounts and their organisations.
  • Patten said the West should get tougher with China and scolded the European Commission for seeking a trade deal with Beijing.
  • Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee said those arrested had planned to cause “serious damage” to society and that authorities would not tolerate subversive acts.
  • Antony Blinken,secretary of state said on Twitter the arrests were “an assault on those bravely advocating for universal rights”.
  • Beijing’s top representative office in Hong Kong firmly supported the arrests.
  • American lawyer John Clancey was arrested during a raid of law firm Ho, Tse, Wai & Partners, a source at the firm said.
  • Taiwan’s government said Hong Kong had changed from the “pearl of the Orient” to “purgatory of the Orient”.

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