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Hong Kong Government increases pressure against protests with the arrest of six prominent activists

Opponents accuse Beijing of launching a campaign of “white terror” similar to that used against dissidents in Taiwan 60 years ago

MADRID, 30 Aug. –

The opposition movement in Hong Kong has denounced that the authorities of the territory have just taken, in the last hours, another step in their policy of repression against the protests that have been shaking the territory for three months by detaining at least six prominent activists involved in prodemocratic movements since 2014.

After the arrests, the organizers of the Civil Front for Human Rights have announced the cancellation of the demonstration scheduled this weekend in Hong Kong, which also did not have police approval. Bonnie Leung, co-coordinator of the group, said he had lost an appeal this Friday and was worried that continuing the demonstration could endanger the protesters.

Hong Kong Government increases pressure against protests with the arrest of six prominent activists
Hong Kong Government increases pressure against protests with the arrest of six prominent activists

Among the detainees, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow stand out, both for “participating in an illegal meeting” by surrounding a police station during the protests. Both have been released on bail hours later.

Together with them, the student leader Althea Suen, the opposition councilor Rick Hui and the lawyer Cheng Chung Tai have been provisionally detained, as they have been able to report from their respective Facebook pages before going to police disposal.

To these five arrests must also be added that of activist Andy Chan, arrested Thursday night. Chan, along with Wong and Chow, were key figures during the pro-democratic protests of 2014, undertaken by the Occupy movement.

“WHITE TERROR”

Wong and Chow say they are not involved in this new wave of demonstrations in Hong Kong, which they describe as a “headless” movement. In reality, both are listed as founders of a movement called Demosisto, in favor of self-determination of the territory.

Demosisto has issued a harsh statement of condemnation against the arrests of its leaders. “The Police have created a shocking effect, of 'white terror',” the group says, referring to the brutal period of repression carried out in 1947 by the then Chinese Nationalist Party against political dissidents in Taiwan.

“They have no idea how furious we are,” added the training in a statement collected by the 'South China Morning Post', and whose content fully matches the activist Kong Tsung Gan.

“This is a coordinated effort between the Chinese Communist Party and the Government and the Hong Kong Police to intimidate people before they start a few crucial days for the territory,” DPA said.

THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, EVERY TIME NEARER

The protests are already the longest that have occurred in Hong Kong since the British Government returned the territory to China in 1997 with certain guarantees of independence, especially in the judicial field.

Protesters understand that the Hong Kong authorities violated this autonomy by declaring a bill of extradition to China that violated the rights of detainees.

The bill is now suspended, but not officially eliminated, and the response of the territorial authorities has only demonstrated, in the opinion of the critics, their complete submission to the dictates of Beijing.

In fact, the head of the Hong Kong Government, Carrie Lam, faces in the coming days a crucial decision: the declaration of a state of emergency in the territory, which would confer absolute power to the administration to make arrests, censor the means and amend or suspend any current law.

The Government has not yet commented on this but sources from the 'South China Morning Post' point out that it is not ruled out to start the procedure when Parliament resumes its session in mid-October.

In fact, and given the complexity of the procedure, the Hong Kong Government could even impose a so-called “negative legislation”, that is, immediately declare a state of emergency until the deputies annul it.

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