Sunday, February 28, 2021
China’s totalitarian hold on Hong Kong is getting even tighter after prosecutors charged almost 50 democracy advocates with subversion. The 47 ‘criminals’ include famed Demosisto co-founder Joshua Wong and fired University of Hong Kong Associate Law Professor Benny Tai. Ousted HK Legislative Council members Claudia Mo and Jeremy Tam are also among the group as is sitting Eastern District Councilor Andrew Chiu. The latter’s charging is a day after his political party, Power for Democracy, decided to cease organized activities and vowed to follow Basic Law and the National Security Law. Not enough to settle the Beijing puppets running Hong Kong.
The claims against the democracy advocates are simple: they attempted to win seats on the Legislative Council in last year’s scuttled primaries. South China Morning Post obtained charging documents accusing the group of violating the National Security Law “by organising, planning, committing or participating by force or threat of force or other unlawful means” and subverting the power of the state government. It’s harder for Beijing to ram its agenda down Hong Kong’s throat if the democrats hold a majority in the Legislative Council, after all.