A Canadian is in custody after Hong Kong police raided an online pro-democracy news organization.
Police have formally charged two men working for Stand News sedition, with the outlet saying it would call off the operation after a police raid on his office and seven arrests.
The National Security Police say they have charged two men, both editors, of allegedly plotting to publish a seditious publication.
Five others arrested are being held in custody for questioning and include Hong Kong-born Canadian pop singer Dennis Ho, who was a board member of the outlet.
New Democrat MP Jenny Kwan of Vancouver-East says the arrests show freedoms and human rights are being ignored by the ruling Communist Party in the region.
Quan says the One Country-Two system created by Xiaoping Deng is being dismantled and that China has violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration, an international treaty that was registered with the United Nations.
The People’s Republic of China embassy did not immediately return a request for comment.
The arrests and raids on media organizations came as authorities cracked down on discontent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kwan said she was saddened by the turn of events.
“With the news of the recent search of Stand News’ office and the arrest of its acting editor-in-chief Shiu-Tung Lam, former editor-in-chief Pui-Kuen Chung, former board members Margaret Ng, Dennis Wan-Si Ho, Tai-Chi Chow and Christine Meng-Sung Feng, this clearly shows that Hong Kong has turned into a police state,” she said.
Kwan said he hoped the Canadian consulate would do their best to help Ho.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 30, 2021.