Joshua Wong, a 24-year-old young lawyer who is leading the defense of Hong Kong’s autonomy in the face of oppression by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), urged the world to support his movement in Hong Kong’s “fight for freedom.”
Wong appeared in court on July 6 on charges of participating in pro-democracy demonstrations in his prosperous city, and far from appearing overwhelmed he promised to continue campaigning for democracy, according to the Taipei Times.
“We still have to let the world know that now is the time to stand with Hong Kong, they cannot ignore and silence the voice of the people of Hong Kong. They can’t ignore and silence the voice of Hong Kong people. With the belief of Hong Kong people to fight for freedom, we will never give up and surrender to Beijing,” harangued the fierce advocate of autonomy.
The CCP chose to clip the wings of the Hong Kong people who dreamed of the democratic stability inherited from the British, and on July 1 it passed a drastic law—making virtually any demonstration that deviates from its rigid guidelines a crime.
Thus, the new law prohibits acts of subversion, secession, terrorism, collusion with foreign forces, and dissident opinions such as calls for independence or autonomy.
Also, all persons who shout slogans, carry flags or banners, and claim the independence of the territory become criminals even if they do not use violence.
Even more seriously, the repressive law it not limited to Hong Kong, that is to say, that any person anywhere in the world could be tried for cases in which he or she is considered to incite hatred against the CCP.
Logically, this criminalization of even the slightest expression generated a wave of terror in many of the inhabitants, while at the same time driving the leaders of the pro-democracy movement into exile who intend to continue their campaign from abroad.
Many countries asked the CCP to reconsider its decision but in vain.
As a gesture of solidarity, the United Kingdom offered the residence to about 3 million Hong Kongers and Australia is considering the possibility of receiving the residents of the city, under special circumstances.
The United States has been a strong supporter of the city’s autonomy and issued sanctions against banks or individuals involved in repressive actions in Hong Kong, in addition to other provisions stripping the CCP of the privileges it obtained through the city.
Canada also suspended an extradition agreement with the CCP, in order to provide greater security to the Hong Kong people living in Canada.
“Using the national security law to erode fundamental freedoms and create an atmosphere of coercion and self-censorship is a tragedy for Hong Kong,” said the U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong and Macau Hanscom Smith, who also noted that Hong Kong’s prosperity was achieved through the autonomy now thwarted by the CCP.
The repression that the CCP unloads on Hong Kong is a reflection of the empire of totalitarianism suffered by the 1.4 billion people under its rule and the constant violations of human rights in its territory. This, together with the numerous international conflicts it promotes, leads some analysts to predict that the CCP’s decline will be imminent in the short term.