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Mike Pompeo said jailing activists in Hong Kong demonstrates the “fragility of China’s dictatorship”


#In the picture, the US #Secretary of #State, #Mike #Pompeo. EFE / #Greg #Nash / #Archive

The #Secretary of #State of the #United #States, #Mike #Pompeo, denounced this #Thursday the imprisonment of a group of pro-democracy activists from #Hong #Kong who tried to flee by sea, ensuring that it shows the true face of #China towards its citizens.

“A regime that prevents its own citizens from leaving cannot claim any kind of greatness or global leadership. #It is simply a fragile dictatorship, afraid of its own people ”, #Pompeo said in a statement.

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A court in #Shenzhen jailed 10 #Hong #Kong democracy activists with up to three years in prison on #Wednesday after they tried to flee by speedboat to #Taiwan, an autonomous democracy claimed by #Beijing.

The conviction for illegally crossing the border occurs when #China represses dissent in #Hong #Kong, imposing a strict security law despite previous promises to guarantee a separate system in the former #British colony and financial center.

#Pompeo, a fierce critic of the #Beijing regime, called for the 12 people arrested in #August in their attempt to flee to #Taiwan be “immediately and unconditionally released.”

Hong Kong activists are transferred for trial in China (REUTERS / Tyrone Siu)
#Hong #Kong activists are transferred for trial in #China (REUTERS / #Tyrone #Siu)

The case “#It exposes once again the brutality of #Beijing, the flagrant disregard for the international treaties it has signed and its disregard for the rights of the #Hong #Kong people”#Pompeo said.

#Pompeo, who leaves office on #January 20 after #President #Donald #Trump’s electoral defeat, has labeled #Beijing a global adversary and #He vowed to end decades of attempts by the #United #States to involve the #Communist leadership.

A trial under suspicion

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#During the 130 days that the activists were in custody in mainland #China, none of the 12 could contact their families or legal representatives of their choice, and the lawyers hired by the families reportedly refused to take up the case after receiving threats from the #Chinese authorities.

#Likewise, and despite the fact that the court announced that the trial was in public hearing, several foreign journalists, relatives and diplomats could not access.

#For the human rights organization #Amnesty #International, “These rulings issued after an unfair trial make clear the dangers facing anyone who is tried under the #Chinese penal system.”

“This group of young #Hong #Kongers,” added the regional director of the NGO for #Asia-Pacific, #Yamini #Mishra. he is at risk of being tortured and ill-treated in #Chinese prisons ”.

#For his part, the #European #Union requested this #Tuesday “the immediate release of the 12 individuals and their return to #Hong #Kong” and it considered that they were not being tried in accordance with international laws or #Chinese laws.

#Since last #June 30, when the controversial national security law that #Beijing imposed in #Hong #Kong came into force – and which contemplates penalties of up to life imprisonment for cases of “secession” or “collusion with foreign forces”, among others -, there have been numerous police raids and arrests of several prominent #Hong #Kong activists.

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#Some of them, just like the damned tried, have opted for exile to try to avoid retaliation for activities that, under the new legislation, could constitute a crime.

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The #Chinese regime ordered sentences of up to three years in prison for #Hong #Kongers who were detained fleeing at sea

The #Chinese regime revoked the bail of #Hong #Kong media businessman #Jimmy #Lai





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