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Fifty-three opposition figures have been arrested in Hong Kong under the National Security law, Senior Superintendent of Police Li Kwai-wah announced at the Wan Chai police headquarters in the territory on Wednesday.
Li Kwai-wah claimed that the arrests of the activists and former lawmakers were made, as the figures "have been seriously interfering, disrupting and undermining the operation of the Hong Kong government." He said they were being accused of "offences of subversion under the National Security Law.”
They are accused of being part of a plot to take control of the Hong Kong legislature in order to paralyse the territory’s government and of participating last year in unofficial primary elections.
Beijing has voiced its support for the arrests and claims the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong are not affected.
US President-elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, took to Twitter to condemn the actions. “The sweeping arrests of pro-democracy demonstrators are an assault on those bravely advocating for universal rights,” he wrote.
SOT, Li Kwai-wah, Senior Superintendent of Police: "We have arrested 53 persons for the offences of subversion under the National Security Law. The aspect we are looking into is the subsection three of the article. That means we are finding some people have been seriously interfering, disrupting and undermining the operation of the Hong Kong government by means of having an (inaudible) of the so-called the 35 plus and the mutual instruction can (inaudible)."
SOT, Li Kwai-wah, Senior Superintendent of Police: "The things they do started in March last year. They had some ideas of how to use the advantages of the seats and eventually to oppose and eventually to object the projects and after that the Chief Executive will decide a meeting to stop operation of the Hong Kong government. In March they began to start some idea, and in April they tried to become tensed up. In September they actually wanted something to do including the crowd-fundings, including holding a so-called primary and also have some forums and do some very extensive publicity in the mass media and the social media."
SOT, Li Kwai-wah, Senior Superintendent of Police: "And even after July 1, the announcement of the National Security Law, they insisted to have the primary on 11 and 12 July. After that they announced the results explicitly expressing the way forward for them. And we also found that some of the participants after the primary they that said they will continue their commitment to reject all the budgets. That we see how it works and this is also subversive, their behaviours."
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