Former Hong Kong legislator and pro-democracy activist Ted Hui, was granted a tourist visa by the Australian government to visit the country as part of a world tour to garner support for stronger action against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by the international community and particularly the Australian government.
Hui fled Hong Kong late in 2020 while on bail pending a trial on charges related to the city’s 2019 anti-government protests. He has since secured asylum in Britain where he continued his fight for democracy in Hong Kong and denouncing the CCP’s atrocities.
The former lawmaker arrived in Australia on Tuesday, March 9, from Europe, where he has spent the past three months touring the continent and speaking to key lawmakers about Hong Kong issues and the atrocities being committed by the CCP in both Hong Kong and mainland China.
Now it would appear that he intends to continue his work in Australia. “Although the number of Hong Kong people who have settled and studied in Australia is numerous, there are few Hong Kong political leaders in exile here and lobbying; this is one of the factors of my decision to come to Australia,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook account on Tuesday.
His arrival in Australia comes after Hong Kong police jailed 47 pro-democracy activists on charges of “subversion,” the biggest use yet of the controversial security law that since 2020 continues to move forward taking away freedoms and forcibly imposing CCP ideology.
Technically the 47 imprisoned are accused of breaking the new national security law imposed by the CCP. The subversion charge relates to participation in an unofficial primary vote held in Hong Kong in July last year, ahead of the Legislative Council elections in September 2020. The defendants are 39 men and eight women, aged between 23 and 64. The charges could lead to sentences of up to life imprisonment.
Speaking to Reuters, Hui said it had been painful to watch last week as his close colleagues were jailed after being denied bail in marathon hearings in the subversion case.
“As a participant in the primary election and a winner, I see it as a ridiculous act and unreasonable for the regime to put any accusation on us when it was totally peaceful. It is only because it is against Beijing’s will that people are thrown into jail,” Hui said.
In his Facebook post, Hui began his push for governments to take action against the Chinese communist regime by recalling that Australia and New Zealand are important members of the ‘Five Eye’ intelligence sharing group that also includes the United States, UK, and Canada, which have backed the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, urging both countries to be tougher against the China [CCP] and have greater support and take concrete action towards Hong Kong’s freedom.”