‘A political show’: Beijing hits back at western criticism of Hong Kong national security arrests

Beijing has hit back at western criticism of Hong Kong’s latest arrest of activists, including a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal, accusing them of “smearing” and putting on a “political show.”

China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong “expresses strong disapproval and opposition, emphasising that ‘rights and freedoms’ are not a ‘shield’ for illegal activities in Hong Kong,” a statement published on Thursday read. “[The ministry] urges foreign forces that are intervening to immediately stop their clumsy political show filled with ideological biases.”

Chinese and Hong Kong flags outside the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong. Photo: Facebook, via Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in HKSAR.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, singer-activist Denise Ho, and scholar Hui Po-keung were released on bail late Wednesday.

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