It has been just four days since a special committee elected hardliner John Lee to rule Hong Kong at Beijing’s will, and the message is loud and clear: there will be no tolerance for support of pro-democracy demonstrators past or present.
The elderly cleric, Cardinal Joseph Zen, was apprehended as he tried to board a flight to Germany on Tuesday. Also taken into custody was 45-year-old Denise Ho, a beloved pop singer and actor, along with lawyer Margaret Ng and scholar Hui Po-keung. Though later released on bail, they are not allowed to leave the country.
The arrest of a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal and one of the city’s most popular Cantopop singers for “collusion with foreign forces” is indisputable proof that the “one country/two system” project has failed and that Hong Kong is now officially under Chinese rule, pro-democracy groups said Wednesday in a statement.