Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Thousands protest against disappearance of booksellers in Hong Kong

The Chinese government is opposed to freedom of expression and religion. Thanks to the regime's Gestapo type of security forces, many of the publishers and booksellers that are critical of the communist regime are now disappearing. 
Last week, thousands of Hong Kong residents rallied against  the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China. All are suspected of being held in China, and the protesters fear the growing influence of Beijing. Chanting "say no to political kidnapping", the protesters marched to the offices of Beijing's representative in Hong Kong.
"For Hong Kong, this is the first time there has been such a clear violation of Hong Kong's law, a clear violation of 'one country, two systems' principle, that has taken place in such an open manner," Albert Chan, a politician with the pro-democracy People Power Party, told the BBC.
"This is why so many people have come out."
Another pro-democracy politician, Lee Cheuk-yan, said the disappearances were a "milestone for suppression".
The latest to vanish has been Lee Bo, who disappeared late last year and was last seen in Hong Kong.
Pro-democracy politicians and activists believe he was kidnapped and taken to the mainland. Mr Lee is a UK passport holder and the British government said it is "deeply concerned" about his whereabouts. It says it has asked for information from the Chinese authorities.
Under the "one country, two systems" principle Hong Kong is supposed to enjoy high degrees of autonomy from China since it took over from Britain. 

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