China ratchets up pressure ‘tactics’ as Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests enter 12th week
August 28, 2019 Comments Off on China ratchets up pressure ‘tactics’ as Hong Kong anti-extradition bill protests enter 12th week
Originally published by The Indian Wire in August 26, 2019
Beijing, August 26: China ratcheted up its “intimidation tactics” of journalists, diplomats, and lawyers travelling to Hong Kong from the mainland in efforts to hold the gravest risk to the Chinese authority in more than ten years, as pro-democracy protests enter its 12th week.
Chinese state-run news agency on Sunday published a warning that its China’s “responsibility to intervene” in the civil unrest in the territory.
“Overall, it’s clear that all Hong Kongers should be cautious about travelling to the Mainland, where police have sweeping powers to detain individuals suspected of political activity on arbitrary grounds and with fewer safeguards against torture and mistreatment,” says Frances Eve, deputy director of research at Chinese Human Rights Defenders , an NGO based in Washington DC.
Simon Cheng, a 28-year-old Hong Kong resident and staff member of Hong Kong’s British consulate, was detained on August 8 by the Chinese authorities, accused of breaking public security law, according to Al-Jazeera news reports.In a press release on Friday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang stated it made “no sense for the UK to raise concerns” because Simon’s case “is entirely an internal affair.”“We urge the UK to stop wantonly commenting on Hong Kong-related affairs and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.”State-run media has claimed Cheng has been held for “solicitation of prostitution”. Dual nationality for the Chinese nationals is not recognized by the government of China.