(ReliableNews.org) – Hong Kong used to be a self-governing city in China. That changed when the Chinese Communist Party decided to forcefully “unite” the country under the same ideals. Recently, lawmakers introduced legislation that infuriated a lawyer in Hong Kong.
On November 13, a petition was filed in Hong Kong’s High Court allowing law enforcement officers and citizens to arrest five US lawmakers if they are found in the city. The writ asks for permission to arrest Reps. James McGovern (D-MA), John Curtis (R-UT), Young Kim (R-CA), and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Lawyer Jimmy Siu See-kong accused the lawmakers of interfering with Hong Kong’s justice system by trying to pressure judicial officials. The attorney is reportedly known for going after people he believes oppose the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese attorney is angry about two complementing bills introduced in the US House and Senate on November 1. The legislation seeks financial sanctions against 49 law enforcement officers, government officials, prosecutors, and judges in Hong Kong. They are accused of violating the human rights of the people by implementing tough national security laws in 2019 and 2020, which effectively stopped allowing the city to self-govern.
Rep. Young Kim responded to the writ filed in Hong Kong. She said that the Chinese government is once again resorting to “bullying, coercing, and silencing dissenters to keep their grip on power.” The congresswoman said that she isn’t going to allow them to intimidate her, and if they are threatening her, then she knows she’s doing her job correctly.
Kim’s colleague, Rep. Curtis, also responded to the threat in a post on X, formerly Twitter. He said that he has watched as China dismantles the freedoms that Hong Kong used to enjoy and accused the communist party of calling for the arrests of US lawmakers because they are “shining a light on the deterioration of rights.”
Curtis said he won’t be “bullied or silenced.”
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