A few hours after Hong Kong authorities made mass arrests of several dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners, the US has voiced its concern over the matter.
On Sunday, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the immediate release of the Hong Kong dissidents who have been detained under the controversial national security law, which was imposed by China last year.
“We condemn the detention of and charges filed against pan-democratic candidates in Hong Kong’s elections and call for their immediate release,” Blinken tweeted.
“Political participation and freedom of expression should not be crimes. The US stands with the people of Hong Kong.”
The statement has come after the Hong Kong officials charged nearly 47 pro-democracy activists with ‘conspiracy to commit subversion’, in what is being termed as the largest national security operation since the law was passed in June 2020.