There’s just no end to China’s outrages
If Beijing’s role in the pandemic leaves any doubt about its horrific nature, the arrest Saturday of more than a dozen of Hong Kong’s biggest advocates for democracy should put an end to that, once and for all.
The arrests include 71-year-old media tycoon Jimmy Lai and 81-year-old Martin Lee, considered the father of Hong Kong democracy — all on bogus charges for their involvement in democracy protests last year.
It’s the biggest crackdown since the mass protests began, after Chief Executive Carrie Lam, with Beijing behind her, tried to ram through legislation to allow extradition of the regime’s critics to the mainland.
When China got control of Hong Kong from Britain, it promised a “one-country, two-system” arrangement and no meddling in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.
But as Benedict Rogers noted in The Post on Monday, it now claims that doesn’t apply to the Chinese government bodies overseeing Hong Kong — effectively negating the whole deal.
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put it: “Beijing and its representatives in Hong Kong continue to take actions inconsistent with commitments made under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
China’s message is clear: Demand freedom at your own risk. At this point, is there anything redeeming about this regime?
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