The European Union this Monday criticized the police raid on a media company in Hong Kong and the arrest of its owner, media mogul and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai, under the new national security law approved by Beijing for the autonomous region.
As denounced in a statement from the Office of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, this detention, which is added to seven more under the new law, “increases fears that the reform is being used to suppress the freedom of expression and expression Hong Kong press “.
Seven people between the ages of 39 and 72 have currently been arrested on suspicion of violating national security law. This is evident from the balance offered by the Hong Kong police in the past few hours.
Authorities have elaborated that the arrests, protected by Article 29 of the Legislature, took place on grounds “threatening national security” after the suspects were caught agreeing to “a foreign country” or “elements” were external “.