HomePoliticsCHINA USING CV19 AS EXCUSE TO CRUSH HONG KONG’S CIVIL LIBERTIES Politics CHINA USING CV19 AS EXCUSE TO CRUSH HONG KONG’S CIVIL LIBERTIES May 27, 2020 The Chinese Communist Party legislature just approved a resolution to impose national-security laws in Hong Kong, violating the territory’s autonomy in an effort to suppress the anti-Beijing protests that oppose Chinese leader Xi Jinping. China also claimed the CV19 as an excuse to clamp down on civil rights inside Hong Kong this week before the vote today. This action also calls the U.S. and our allies bluff over threats of action if they violated a treaty China and the UK signed. We asked several CD3 and CD4 candidates for a comment on the latest news. Nevada CD3 Candidate Dan Schwartz said “The President and Congress should back the Hong Kong people. The treaty between the UK and PRC promises them a democracy until 2047. It’s incumbent upon the U.S. and other nations to insure that commitment is kept.” Nevada CD3 Candidate Mindy Robinson said “The Coronavirus was more than likely designed by China to target their enemies, enemies like the protesters in Hong Kong. But China is so negligent they seemed to have accidentally released it on themselves first.” Nevada CD4 Lisa Song Sutton said “We definitely need to hold the CCP accountable.” As Reported in the BBC China is proposing to introduce a new security law in Hong Kong that could ban sedition, secession and subversion. The move is likely to provoke strong opposition internationally and in Hong Kong, which was last year rocked by months of pro-democracy protests. China’s delayed National People’s Congress, its legislature, will debate the issue when it opens on Friday. Chinese media said the move defended national security, but opponents said it could be the “end of Hong Kong”. Demonstrators in Hong Kong have repeatedly protested against what they see as a gradual erosion of the territory’s autonomy by the communist lead government in Beijing. The BBC’s Robin Brant, in Shanghai, says that what makes the latest proposal so incendiary is that the Beijing government could bypass Hong Kong’s elected officials and simply impose the changes. The last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, called the move a “comprehensive assault on the city’s autonomy”. President Donald Trump said the US would react strongly if China followed through with its proposals.