China’s crackdown in Hong Kong escalated dramatically on Wednesday with police arresting 53 opposition figures of their largest operation since a draconian safety regulation was imposed on the monetary hub.
The sweep is the most recent salvo in Beijing’s battle to stamp out dissent within the metropolis after thousands and thousands hit the streets in 2019 with large and typically violent democracy protests.
Police confirmed 53 folks – together with a US citizen – had been arrested for “subversion” in an early morning operation that concerned about 1,000 officers.
The fees had been sparked by an try by opposition teams final yr to win a majority within the metropolis’s partially-elected legislature. Hong Kong’s safety chief John Lee described the arrests as “needed” and geared toward a bunch of people that tried to “sink Hong Kong into an abyss” and “overthrow the federal government”.
Britain has criticised the arrests, accusing China of deceiving residents concerning the true goal of its safety regulation. Overseas secretary Dominic Raab referred to as the detentions “a grievous assault on Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms”.
Germany additionally condemned the crackdown. Overseas minister Heiko Maas stated, “China is deviating farther from the commitments it made to Hong Kongers and the worldwide neighborhood.