After being released on bail, more than 50 pro-democracy activists arrested in Hong Kong earlier this year were suddenly notified to report to the police station today (28). 47 of them were charged with “conspiracy to subvert state power” upon arrival, while only 8 were allowed to remain on bail, including American human rights lawyer John Clancey. He lamented, “Hong Kong is like a large detention center, where freedom is lost both inside and outside the prison!”
Clancey, a 79-year-old U.S. citizen who has lived and worked in Hong Kong since 1968 and is fluent in Cantonese, was among more than 50 people arrested by Hong Kong police on Jan. 6 for “subversion of state power” for organizing and participating in the pro-democracy primary election, making him the first foreign national arrested since the implementation of Hong Kong’s national security law.
Kwan Sheung-yee was accompanied by his Family to the police station on the 28th. Before he stepped into the police station, he showed reporters the book “Humankind: A Hopeful History” by Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, a columnist for the Washington Post, and read aloud the sentence. “I hope that Hong Kong people continue to see human nature (humanity) in a positive and hopeful light, because Hong Kong people are not angry, are reflected to good active fight for human rights, democracy, etc.”.
He also pointed out that Hong Kong is now like a large detention center, even if not in prison, Hong Kong people can enjoy the freedom gradually disappear, whether it is Education, or the diversity of newspapers, (Hong Kong people can enjoy) the rights and freedoms are increasingly narrow.
Kwan denied any suggestion that he “advocates American values, or sees things from an American perspective. He stressed that he supports the millions of Hong Kong people who are fighting for democracy that meets international standards.