Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement rounded up with other dissidents on vans headed for Chinese mainland
Disturbing video out of Hong Kong shows family members of “political prisoners” saying hysterical goodbyes after China rounded them up onto buses headed for reeducation camps in the mainland.
The heartbreaking footage shows a group of desperate Hong Kongers banging on the barred windows of the bus as it drives away to the Chinese mainland.
Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow, who spearheaded the Umbrella Movement in 2019 against Communist China’s encroachment of Hong Kong’s sovereignty, were among the political prisoners boarded in the vans after getting sentenced last week for their roles in the mass protests.
From Time Magazine:
Analysts see the ruling as casting a pall over the broader pro-democracy movement. “These three are widely seen as icons pushing the limits of democracy in Hong Kong in defiance of Beijing,” says Willy Lam, a political scientist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “Their sentencing will strike fear into the hearts of pro-democracy supporters.”
Authorities have arrested more than 10,000 protesters since June last year in a crackdown that has netted everyone from pensioners to primary school students. But it’s done little to resolve the underlying tensions in a city where much of the population lionizes democratic ideals but is ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.
Earlier in May, Wong described how Communist China was actively intimidating him, threatening him with kidnapping and even “extraordinary rendition.”