US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday slammed China’s ‘Orwellian’ censorship moves in Hong Kong .
”With the ink barely dry on the draconian National Security Law, Hong Kong authorities are now removing books from libraries, banning political slogans, and requiring censorship in schools,” he said during a tweet.
”The US condemns these Orwellian assaults on the rights and freedoms of the Hong Kong people,” he added
Hours after China passed the draconian national security law on the finance hub, books written by prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have started disappearing from the city’s libraries within the aftermath of China imposing a draconian national security law on the finance hub.
Beijing’s new national security law is that the most radical shift in how the semi-autonomous city is run since it had been handed back to China by Britain in 1997.
Among the authors whose titles are not any longer available are Joshua Wong, one among the city’s most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a documented pro-democracy lawmaker. Searches on the general public library website showed a minimum of three titles by Wong, Chan and native scholar Chin Wan are not any longer available for lending at any of dozens of outlets across the town .
The government recently said that the favored protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong , the revolution of our times” would now be deemed illegal.
For some, the phrase represents genuine aspirations to separate Hong Kong from China, a line for Beijing, except for many others, it’s a more general cry out for democracy and an expression of rising frustration with Chinese rule.