The US is blacklisting six Hong Kong officers, together with police chiefs, who it blames for a Beijing-led crackdown on demonstrators beneath the nationwide safety legislation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned on Friday.
Police in Hong Kong arrested 53 folks on January 5 within the largest motion in opposition to protesters since June, after the introduction of the area’s contentious safety legislation.
Pompeo mentioned these arrested as a part of the crackdown included 13 former Legislative Council members, a US lawyer and a former legislation professor, who had been later launched on bail.
These sanctioned by the US embrace the director of the Nationwide Safety Division of the Hong Kong Police, Frederic Choi Chin-Pang, in addition to assistant commissioners, Kelvin Kong Hok Lai, and Andrew Kan Kai Yan.
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The sanctions additionally goal You Quan, vice chairman of the Central Main Group on Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, Solar Wenqing; deputy director of the Workplace for Safeguarding Nationwide Safety and Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong delegate to the Nationwide Folks’s Congress Standing Committee.
Pompeo mentioned the sanctions, which can freeze any US belongings of these affected, goal officers who’ve “engaged in, coercing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning people beneath the authority of, or in creating, adopting, or implementing, the Nationwide Safety Regulation.”
The transfer follows earlier sanctions by the US on Chinese language officers in response to occasions round protests in Hong Kong, together with journey bans on 14 officers in December over their alleged position within the removing of opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong.
Beijing has hit again at US criticism of the protest crackdown as “international meddling” in China’s affairs.
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