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Apple Daily’s Jimmy Lai accuses Beijing of collective punishment (2020/08/13)

Now on bail after being arrested on security charges on Monday, Hong Kong media tycoon and democracy activist Jimmy Lai has claimed the arrests of his two sons were carried out to intimidate other would-be opponents of Beijing in the city. As the world's eye rests on Hong Kong, President Tsai Ing-wen has given an address to Washington think tank Hudson Institute, saying the world has "an obligation" to act in defense of Hong Kong's freedom.

After almost 40 hours in detention, Lai was released on bail. Interviewed at the Apple Daily headquarters, he spoke about spending the night sleeping on the floor in the police cell. At that moment, he says, he thought, “I must walk this path, even though I’m sleeping on the ground now, and even if I’m sleeping in a jail one day.”

Jimmy Lai
Next Media founder
I believe I have no choice. I must stay in Hong Kong. I can’t run away when the situation gets big, after having been an instigator. That won’t do. I’m the media chief of the opposition. If I jump onboard, I have to see it through to the end.

Three months ago, in an interview with Wealth Magazine, Lai declared his intention to live and die in Hong Kong. Now he says that the arrests of his sons and colleagues were political, constituting an attempt to punish all those close to him. The authorities aim to intimidate more moderate citizens, he says. As the international community unanimously condemns the developments, Taiwan has spoken up especially loudly.

Tsai Ing-wen
While we are concerned about COVID-19’s economic impact, we are also worried about its broader political implications across the region. When the rest of the world has been distracted in responding to one of the most recent crises in recent history, we are seeing a growing effort to pose ever more challenging threats to free, and democratic societies. Nowhere is this more apparent than Hong Kong.

President Tsai Ing-wen gave this address online for Hudson Institute and the Center for American Progress, once more doubling down on Taiwan’s commitment to support Hong Kong refugees, and underlining the importance of Taiwan’s sovereignty.

Tsai Ing-wen
We recognize the bravery of the people of Hong Kong. Earlier in July, hundreds of thousands of people turned out to vote in primary elections, despite the significant actions that have been taken to discourage them from doing so. We also see the international community as having an obligation to speak out and act against the demise of Hong Kong’s freedoms. I applaud the actions that the U.K., the U.S. and many other democracies have taken, and call on more like-minded countries to do the same.

Democracy is becoming one of Tsai’s most well-trodden speech topics. But not content with mere words, her administration is attempting to reach out to those who need assistance.
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