Mass arrest of opposition figures, a repressive power of national security law in Hong Kong

Around 50 Hong Kong pro-democracy figures were arrested on Wednesday morning for alleged violations of Hong Kong’s national security law.

Among the arrested were several former lawmakers and district councillors, organizer of the primaries Benny Tai and American lawyer John Clancey, who was treasurer for one of the organizers. Also arrested was Robert Chung, executive director of the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI), which provided the technology to carry out the poll.

“This shocking crackdown on Hong Kong’s political opposition — sweeping up candidates, activists and pollsters alike — is the starkest demonstration yet of how the national security law has been weaponized to punish anyone who dares to challenge the establishment, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Yamini Mishra said

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