Many world leaders raised their voices in protest against the new Chinese Communist Party (CCP) law, which intensifies repression on Hong Kong and came into effect today, July 1.
The United States is the country with the most demonstrations of support for Hong Kong, and it has been joined by Taiwan, Japan, and several European Union leaders in rejecting the violation of the international treaty protecting the autonomy of prosperous Hong Kong.
“The United States will not stand idly by as China swallows Hong Kong in its authoritarian jaws,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who also added, “Today is a sad day for Hong Kong, and for freedom-loving people throughout China.”
Pompeo also reiterated the sanctions the United States is preparing against the CCP, including ending privileges on defense and dual-use technology exports to the territory and removing U.S. exemptions for Hong Kong as different and special treatment.
Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz said, “Market access for Chinese products could be blocked if [the CCP] does not respect its international responsibilities and rights,” according to DW (Deutsche Welle) of June 30.
The European Parliament also issued a nonbinding resolution calling on its members to “impose sanctions and freeze assets against Chinese officials responsible for designing and implementing policies that violate human rights.”
On the first day of the controversial law at least 300 protesters were arrested in Hong Kong by the police, who now have greater powers of repression, including extradition of the accused to the mainland.
The following video shows “a journalist was shot in the head by a water cannon. Their body flew a few meters away on the spot and was carried away by first aiders,” tweeted user miamorci.
A journalist was shot in the head by water canon. Their body flew a few metres away on the spot and was carried away by first aiders. #hk #hongkong #pressfreedom #journalist pic.twitter.com/1IICFbWP9X
— miamorcl (@jrSYU0qmIJjQe4X) July 1, 2020
The UK announced that it would grant British residency to about 3 million Hong Kongers, who are either holders of or eligible for British passports, as a measure of support for the inhabitants of its former colony.
The journalist Stuart Lau, added in a tweet the details of the help that the United Kingdom will provide to the Hong Kongers.
Dominic Raab has confirmed the procedure for BNO holders to acquire British citizenship:
1. 5 years limited right to remain.
2. After 5 years, they can apply for settled status.
3. After 12 months of settled status, they can apply for British citizenship.
No quotas on numbers
— Stuart Lau (@stuartlauscmp) July 1, 2020
Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, defined, “It is clear that China [the CCP] does not share our values, democracy, freedom and the rule of law.”
Pompeo has continuously pointed out the CCP’s violations of human rights and international treaties, in addition to the irregularities with which it conducted the CCP Virus pandemic that has already caused more than half a million deaths worldwide.
On this occasion, Pompeo reiterated his warning to the world about the risk involved in the behavior of the CCP “This is a pattern that the world cannot ignore,” he added.
The Hong Kong people obtained rights from Britain that included a “high degree of autonomy,” an independent judiciary, freedom of speech, press, and assembly, when it ceded the city to the CCP in 1997.
Similarly, Hong Kong could continue to elect by “universal suffrage” the head of the executive and the legislative council.
But now, through the security law imposed by the CCP, its inhabitants lose their acquired rights and are subject to the laws that bind Chinese residents in the rest of the country, characterized by the restriction of democratic freedoms and the totalitarianism of the single party.
Hong Kongers are so worried about the CCP’s repression that many of them have started to flee to Taiwan to continue managing the stability of their freedom from there.