Hong Kong activist Law asks Merkel for help

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Hong Kong activist Law asks Merkel for help


Nathan Law has left his homeland, but his commitment to democratic rights in Hong Kong is no less. An appeal was made to the Chancellor – given the new controversial security law.



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Democracy activist Nathan Law (archive)


The one last week Campaigner Nathan Law fled from Hong Kong asks Chancellor Angela Merkel for support. “The world is looking at Hong Kong. Dear Ms. Merkel, we need your help,” he told the newspaper “Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine” (HNA). “It’s a struggle of ideologies. Remember: The value you give Hong Kong, you give democracy as a whole.”

Law was referring to the new security law of the Chinese leadership for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which came into force in early July. Critics complain that the law interferes massively with the autonomy rights of the former British crown colony, which were laid down in 1997 when it was handed over to China. On this basis, Beijing can act against those in Hong Kong who are classified as subversive, separatist or terrorist. The law is also directed against “secret collusion with enemy forces abroad”.


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There have been several in the past few days Activists arrested protested the controversial law.

Law’s whereabouts are unknown. He said he would continue his work on an international level, via Facebook.

The 26-year-old published an open letter to countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Australia and the USA on the short news service Twitter. Hong Kong no longer enjoys the rule of law, he said. Law, which was concluded with the leadership there, such as extradition contracts, should be suspended.

se / wa (dpa, hna)



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