US, UK, Australia and Canada condemn Hong Kong arrests

US, UK, Australia and Canada condemn Hong Kong arrests

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Former Democratic Party legislators Andrew Wan, left, Lam Cheuk-ting, second left, and Helena Wong, right, at a press conference after being released on bail. AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File

The US joined Australia, the UK and Canada on Sunday in condemning the recent arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.

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Fifty-five people — including American human rights lawyer John Clancey — were rounded up last week for participating in unofficial election primaries for legislative elections, in violation of a Chinese law aimed at tamping down dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong.

“It is clear that the National Security Law is being used to eliminate dissent and opposing political views,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts at the three other nations in a joint letter issued Sunday.

“We call on the Hong Kong and Chinese central authorities to respect the legally guaranteed rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong without

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