Hong Kong has carried out a China-style mass roundup of dissidents

Hong Kong has carried out a China-style mass roundup of dissidents
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When chanting slogans counts as sedition, tweeting counts as foreign collusion, placing ads in foreign publications counts as secession, and surveying electoral opinion counts as subversion, it’s clear that the bar for being a dissident in Hong Kong is precipitously falling. Hong Kong today woke up to yet another morning of mass arrests of democracy activists—the biggest such round-up yet under its new national security law—as police fanned out across the city to detain dozens on suspicion of subversion, a vaguely defined crime punishable by up to life in prison. According to local media (link in Chinese), more than 50 individuals affiliated with the opposition camp, including former and current elected politicians, have been arrested.

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