Activists in Hong Kong are deleting anti-China content from their social media and disbanding political organizations in the wake of a new national security law.
China on Tuesday passed legislation giving it sweeping new powers to crack down on dissent as it sees fit in Hong Kong.
Four major pro-democracy figures — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Nathan Law, and Jeffrey Ngo — resigned as leaders of the Demosisto organization within hours.
Demosisto itself disbanded shortly after, as did The Hong Kong National Front.
Other Hong Kongers are deleting posts and pictures from social media that could associate them with past protests.
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Activists in Hong Kong are hurrying to erase criticism of China from social media and disbanding their organizations after Beijing imposed a sweeping new national security law on the region.
On Tuesday, the National People’s Congress, China’s rubber-stamp parliament, reportedly approved the law, effectively stripping Hong Kong of its autonomy from the mainland since the former colony was returned in 1997.
“Separatism, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference” are now banned, and punishable with a maximum of life in prison, according to China’s summary of the law. Its full contents are not yet public.
It appears that actions going back two years may be used in prosecutions brought under the law, causing Hong Kongers to worry about coming retribution.
In the aftermath of the vote for senior protest figures — Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, Nathan Law, and Jeffrey Ngo — stepped down from Demosisto, the activist group that has spearheaded anti-China demonstrations in Hong Kong since 2016.
Soon after, Demosisto wrote on Twitter that the entire organization would “disband and cease all operation.”
The Hong Kong National Front, another significant pro-independence group, also disbanded on Tuesday.
Other activists and everyday citizens are moving to delete past criticism …read more
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