"Nearly overshadowed by the chaos in the US this week was a dramatic
escalation of the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
Authorities arrested more than 50 pro-democracy figures in early morning
raids under the territory’s six-month-old national security law. The
opposition lawmakers, activists and lawyers were accused of subversion
for holding primaries for pro-democracy candidates for Hong Kong elections.
The Beijing-drafted law has previously been used to target protesters
and the independent media in Hong Kong, but this week’s mass arrests
marked a sobering turning point for the city.
They make political participation in Hong Kong not just futile but
dangerous, and are likely to render the Legislative Council a rubber
stamp along the lines of the National People’s Congress in Beijing,
which has never challenged an initiative of China’s ruling party."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics