Beijing’s Doublespeak in Hong Kong
As Hong Kong began to absorb the gravity of a new national-security law forced upon it by Beijing, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive , told a reporter that the city’s residents needn’t worry. The city’s Basic Law, its mini-constitution, she said last month , “clearly stated” that the “people of Hong Kong should be able to continue to enjoy the freedom of speech, freedom of press, of publications, protest, assembly and so on.” Lam was reiterating what she had told the United Nations a day earlier. But today, Jimmy Lai, a media tycoon who runs the popular prodemocracy newspaper Apple Daily , was arrested at his home and perp-walked by police through his own newsroom, his hands handcuffed...
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