CCP authorities again arrest Jimmy Lai—already detained in jail



Thursday, February 18, 2021

Jimmy Lai to court. 
(Photo: Creative Commons)

(Hong Kong—Feb. 18, 2021) On February 17, Reuters reported that according to Apple Daily tabloid and Oriental Daily [no specific source cited], CCP authorities again arrested Jimmy Lai, Hong Kong media entrepreneur, on suspicion of assisting one of 12 Hong Kong fugitives China captured at sea last year. Mr. Lai's arrest, like that of many other human rights activists, evolved from the National Security Law that Beijing implemented June 30, 2020.  

Reuters reported:


Lai was already the most high-profile person to be charged under the new security law, for statements made on July 30 and Aug. 18, in which prosecutors say he requested foreign interference in Hong Kong’s affairs.

 

He was arrested in an August raid by about 200 police officers on the newsroom of his Apple Daily, known for its feisty and critical coverage of China and Hong Kong.


Punishment under the law can range up to life in prison.

 

Supporters of the National Security Law claim it works for good as it "restores stability after months of unrest" in Hong Kong. Critics, however, argue this dark CCP law aims to crush "dissent and erodes freedoms in the semi-autonomous financial hub."


Many in Hong Kong fear citizens will lose freedoms with this law—that it will severely, negatively impact freedom of expression as well as personal security of Hong Kong citizens.


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Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; 
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; 
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

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