US deplores “Political Persecution” Of HK’s Pro-democracy Advocates

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Delivers Remarks to the Media - YouTube

The United States of America says in a strongly worded statement it is ‘’appalled’’ by the Hong Kong government’s political persecution of the country’s ‘’courageous pro-democracy advocates’’. The use of courts to silence peaceful dissent is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes and underscores once again that the Chinese Communist Party’s greatest fear is the free speech and free thinking of its own people, says  U.S.Secretary of State  Michael R Pompeo. Hong Kong historically benefitted from a free and open system that celebrated the peaceful advocacy of citizens like Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam, and Jimmy Lai. Hong Kong’s people should be free to exercise the rights guaranteed to them under the Basic Law; the Sino-British Joint Declaration, an UN-registered treaty; and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Their struggle to resist the CCP’s denial of their fundamental rights will stand throughout history as a testament to the human spirit, Pompeo said in the statement issued in Washington. ‘The United States will continue to work with our allies and partners around the world to champion the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong and all those who suffer under the CCP’s repressive rule. We stand with Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam, Jimmy Lai, the people of Hong Kong, and all the people of China’’, he added.

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