Western Nations Condemn Security Law Used to Arrest Hong Kong Candidates

China cracks down on political dissidents, the West condemns, and Chinese state media compares the Hong Kong protests to last week’s siege on the Capitol. Hong Kong’s longstanding autonomy is effectively over.


As Hong Kong police arrested dozens who participated in or ran for office last year, the Chinese Communist Party’s crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong continues.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • The Guardian framed their coverage around the responses by the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia, saying the law is being used as a political weapon to “eliminate dissent.”
  • An op-ed at The Nation warns of how precious and fleeting political freedom can be, and compares the legal and constitutional challenges to the 2020 presidential election to the mass round-up of political dissidents.
  • The New York Times’ reporting takes the story a step further, detailing efforts by China to revoke the law licenses of attorneys representing those arrested for political activities.



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