Hundreds of protesters, many students or college-educated, face potentially stiff sentences after Beijing’s crackdown. Those behind bars already battle isolation and disillusionment.
The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.
A Chinese official has called for severe punishment of opposition figures facing charges under a new national security law.
A dissident is to a dictatorship what a bald fact is to an edifice of lies, the revelation of which causes the whole thing to crumble.
The officials and activists were detained under the national security law for their efforts to choose candidates to run in the city’s legislative elections.
We are democracy activists. We call on Washington to forge a new China policy that prioritizes human rights over other interests.
The activists, along with Ivan Lam, had pleaded guilty to illegal assembly in connection with a 2019 demonstration outside Police Headquarters.
He and two fellow activists, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, were immediately jailed on charges of unauthorized assembly. They will be sentenced next week.
Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most visible pro-democracy activists, suggested that the authorities had political motives for charging him, at a time when the coronavirus has made mask-wearing ubiquitous.
Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.
Pro-democracy parties, which had hoped to ride widespread discontent to big gains in the fall, saw the delay as an attempt to thwart their momentum.
With the passage of the national security law, pro-democracy activists face the same dilemma as their mainland counterparts: choosing between fear and their ideals.