“Ops Lalang” Hong Kong style! Arrest of 50 pro-democracy leaders…

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More than 50 former opposition lawmakers and activists were arrested on Wednesday morning on subversion charges in the biggest crackdown yet under Hong Kong’s national security law as authorities accused them of a plot to “overthrow” the government.

Defending the arrests over the opposition camp’s election primary last July, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu labelled the attempt a “mutual destruction” plan and condemned it as “evil”.

The opposition figures were “suspected to have been involved in the crime of overthrowing [the government] or interfering, seriously destroying the Hong Kong government’s legal execution of duties”, he said.

“They aimed to get 35 or more seats in the Legislative Council through [a primary] so … they could veto the government budget regardless of the actual content [and] create a situation in which the chief executive had to resign, and the government stopped functioning. This was to paralyse the government.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-05/ex-hong-kong-lawmakers-among-dozens-arrested-under-security-law

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