Hong Kong safety regulation: Minutes after new regulation, pro-democracy voices give up

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The 23-year-old rose to prominence in the Umbrella Movement of 2014Image copyright Reuters
Image caption 23-year-old Joshua Wong rose to prominence within the Umbrella Movement of 2014

On Tuesday morning, the information began to interrupt from Beijing: China had handed a brand new safety regulation in Hong Kong.

The regulation criminalises any act of secession, subversion, terrorism or collusion with overseas forces.

And inside minutes, the impact was apparent. Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong started to give up, scared of the brand new regulation, and the punishment it permits.

Here is a few of the response from them, different governments, and marketing campaign teams.

Joshua Wong

Secretary-general and founding member of pro-democracy group Demosisto, and key determine in 2014 Umbrella motion

“It [the law] marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before,” stated Mr Wong, after asserting he was quitting Demosisto.

“From now on, Hong Kong enters a brand new period of reign of terror, identical to Taiwan’s White Terror, with arbitrary prosecutions, black jails, secret trials, pressured confessions, media clampdowns and political censorship.

“With sweeping powers and ill-defined law, the city will turn into a secret police state. Hong Kong protesters now face high possibilities of being extradited to China’s courts for trials and life sentences.”

Nathan Law

Founding chairman of Demosisto, former scholar chief

On Facebook, Mr Law stated the regulation marked the beginning of a “bloody cultural revolution”.

But, regardless of quitting Demosisto, he stated he would proceed to battle for democracy “in a personal capacity”.

He added on Twitter: “Stay strong, my friends. Hong Kong people will not give up.”

Hours after Mr Law, Mr Wong, and others give up Demosisto, the group introduced it will disband totally. “We will meet again,” it stated.

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Image caption Nathan Law, pictured earlier this month

Hong Kong National Front

Pro-independence group

Minutes after the regulation was handed, the group stated on Twitter it was disbanding in Hong Kong, however would proceed its work abroad. It reportedly has branches in Taiwan and the UK.

Its Hong Kong spokesman, Baggio Leung – who was briefly a member of parliament in 2016 – can be leaving the group.

But the group stated the top of operations in Hong Kong didn’t imply its battle was over. “Today is not the end point,” it stated.

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Media captionHong Kongers give their response to the controversial nationwide safety regulation in May

Amnesty International

“From now on, China will have the power to impose its own laws on any criminal suspect it chooses,” stated the top of Amnesty’s China staff, Joshua Rosenzweig.

“The incontrovertible fact that the Chinese authorities have now handed this regulation with out the folks of Hong Kong having the ability to see it tells you numerous about their intentions.

“Their aim is to govern Hong Kong through fear from this point forward.”

Taiwanese authorities

“The move severely impacts Hong Kong society’s freedom, human rights and stability,” stated cupboard spokesman Evian Ting, because the Taiwanese authorities warned its residents of an elevated danger in visiting Hong Kong.

“The government strongly condemns it and reiterates its support for the people of Hong Kong as they strive for democracy and freedom.”

Carrie Lam

Hong Kong authorities chief, talking earlier than the regulation was handed

“There is no need for us to worry,” Ms Lam stated in May.

“In the last 23 years, whenever people worried about Hong Kong’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression and protest, time and again, Hong Kong has proven that we uphold and preserve those values.”

“The core values in terms of the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, the various rights and freedoms enjoyed by people, will continue to be there,” she added.

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