Democratic Hong Kong in Danger: Media man Jimmy Lai Arrested
10 Aug 2020
The prominent Media man and the Democrat Jimmy Lai was arrested in Hong Kong under the newly-introduced Security Law of China. Mr. Lai was arrested for suspected collusion with foreign forces.
The 71-year old Hong Kong business tycoon and the pro-democracy supporter was arrested from his media company. Earlier, Mr. Lai, who holds UK citizenship was charged with illegal assembly and intimidation during February 2020. He was later granted police bail. He was also charged as the mastermind behind the riots by the Chinese leadership in several cases under the Security Law.
Mr. Lai, the billionaire has initially started a clothing industry and later ventured into Media Company. He is the founder of the newspaper Apple Daily, which frequently criticizes the anti-democratic moves of mainland Chinese leadership. During the 2019 protest against the mainland, he supported the protesters and actively participated in the protests.
Mr. Lai but expected his arrest and responded to the media that he will be put in prison soon and that will enable him to read books and he anticipated the cunning moves of China quite positively. He warned that Hong Kong would become as corrupt as mainland China under the imposition of the Security Law that has its key provisions include crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison.
However, China has said the new Security Law will return stability to the territory after a year of unrest. But the Critics and political observers say that the Law in effect will curtail the protest to preserve democracy and freedom of speech.