On top of all the recent sabre rattling from China, we now get this latest abuse of legal human rights…
A Chinese lawyer who represented a supporter of democracy in Hong Kong has been stripped of his licence amid efforts by Beijing to crush opposition to its tighter control over the territory.
Lu Siwei, who represented one of 12 Hong Kong residents who tried to flee to Taiwan, had his licence revoked by the Sichuan Provincial Justice Department in a formal notice given Friday.
Ten of the 12 activists caught at sea in August were sentenced by a Shenzhen court in December to prison terms ranging from seven months to three years for illegally crossing the border and organising illegal border crossings.
They are part of an exodus of Hong Kong residents following Beijing’s imposition of a tough new security law they say is destroying the territory’s Western-style civil liberties.
…punishing people for escaping your brutal regime is an irony lost on the Chinese…
Beijing says the legislation allows Hong Kong to “enjoy more social stability, economic development and greater freedom”.
…stripping the legal rights to defend protestors is about as authoritarian as it gets and with China’s insecurity over internal dissent and losing global face because of Covid, they are ripe to make an example of either Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia or anyone who questions their South China Sea annexation.
China is increasingly becoming authoritarian and the sooner NZ decouples from their economy, the better.
Our relationship with China is fast becoming a National Security issue, it is no longer just an economic one.
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