As most everyone knows, the current protests in Hong Kong, which have been running for over 17 weeks now, were first organized as peaceful demonstrations against a bill introduced for consideration by the Hong Long legislature that would allow Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to mainland China for prosecution in some circumstances.
Why is that so concerning to the people of Hong Kong? This embedded tweet and the article by The Guardian make it clear.
Australian citizen living in the U.S. and former Chinese diplomat, Yang Hengjun, was detained in China last January and has been held incommunicado since then, with no contact allowed with the Australian embassy, lawyers, or his family.
He is allowed to shower once a week, and has access to a small enclosure outside his cell – with access to fresh air and natural light – for one hour, twice a day.The Guardian – emphasis by China Daily News
He is able to drink water when he needs it, and can purchase additional food, including fruit, biscuits, and chocolate.
He shares his cell with two other prisoners. The lights are on in the cell at all times.
Yang is taken from his cell once a week for interrogation, for up to four hours at a time. His hands and feet are shackled with heavy chains during questioning.
Investigators from the ministry of state security have reportedly told him he is shackled because of the seriousness of the crimes he is alleged to have committed. He has been told he potentially faces the death penalty.
Yang is an Australian citizen, but the CCP seized him and holds him incommunicado on made-up charges of espionage, with no way to defend himself. The charges are completely motivated by Yang’s criticism of the CCP and pro-democracy writing. He is being tortured to “admit” his “crimes.”
This is how the CCP treats people, especially those that are Chinese – no matter where they reside – that criticize it. The people of Hong Kong are very well aware of this – some booksellers in China were subjected to the same kind of treatment. Is there any doubt at all that political dissidents in Hong Kong would be even more likely to disappear – sometimes permanently – should that extradition bill become law?
On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, no one should forget or ignore the true nature of the Chinese Communist Party – the political party and government directly responsible for the deaths of more people than any other in human history – perhaps ten or more times as many as the Nazis in Germany. CCP sympathizers like to say those things are all in the past, and the CCP is no longer like that. The case of Yang Hengjun, and many others, prove it’s a lie. The CCP is every bit as brutal and tyrannical today as it ever has been.