After the United States sanctioned Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, and 10 other officials, it is now extending the measure against 14 more legislators for repression against citizens.
“The U.S. is sanctioning the senior leadership of China’s National People’s Congress in connection with developing, adopting, and implementing the National Security Law,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Dec. 7 tweet.
He added, “We will hold Beijing [the CCP] accountable for destroying Hong Kong’s autonomy.”
The U.S. is sanctioning the senior leadership of China’s National People’s Congress in connection with developing, adopting, and implementing the National Security Law. We will hold Beijing accountable for destroying Hong Kong’s autonomy. #StandWithHongKong #FightForFreedom
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) December 7, 2020
Likewise, Pompeo said, “Beijing’s unrelenting assault against Hong Kong’s democratic processes has gutted its legislative council, rendering the body a rubber stamp devoid of meaningful opposition,” according to the South China Morning Post.
These are consequences of the national security law that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) passed in June, stripping the Hong Kong people of autonomy obtained from the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom ceded control over the important city through an international treaty signed by the CCP, in which it committed itself to respecting the existing freedoms in Hong Kong, but which it later betrayed.
The abuses that followed the application of this law led to the arrest of 4 former members of the pro-independence student group in August, and many others after them.
“We are gravely concerned by the arrests of four students in Hong Kong under the new National Security Law and by the disqualification of pro-democracy electoral candidates,” Pompeo tweeted at the time.
He added, “Beijing continues to break its promises and eviscerate Hong Kong’s autonomy.”
We are gravely concerned by the arrests of four students in Hong Kong under the new National Security Law and by the disqualification of pro-democracy electoral candidates. Beijing continues to break its promises and eviscerate Hong Kong’s autonomy.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 2, 2020
Subsequently, the CCP postponed the legislative elections for a year, and continued with the repression and arrests of the leaders of the pro-freedom movement.
The pro-democracy leaders of Hong Kong known as Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow, were arrested and sentenced to prison on Dec. 2, accused of “terrorism” and “subversion.”
“We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong. They cannot ignore and silence the voice of the people of Hong Kong. They can’t ignore and silence the voice of Hong Kong people,” Wong said in June.
He added, “With the belief of Hong Kong people to fight for freedom, we will never give up and surrender to Beijing.”
The CCP has been declared the greatest threat to the United States and the world, and the recent interference it appears to have committed in the U.S. electoral process only aggravates the situation.