‘From now on we live in constant fear’: Why the Hong Kong mass arrests signal dark days ahead


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eceiving news about the arrest of pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong isn’t something new to Avery Ng, the chairman of the League of Social Democrats. However, the news of the mass arrest of 53 pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong even came as an unpleasant surprise to him.  

“We were already shocked by the increased crackdown taking place in Hong Kong since the implementation of the National Security Law, but today’s mass arrest is by far the most comprehensive political oppression,” Ng told The Independent.  

The 53 pro-democracy figures, many of them current and former legislators or district councilors in the former British colony, were accused of committing “subversion of state power” by organising and participating in an unofficial ‘primary’ election for the opposition last year.  

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