Pompeo 'gravely concerned' by Lam’s warning that Hong Kong possibly violated Beijing 'security law'
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was gravely concerned over remarks made by Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in which she warned that the recent pan-democratic primary election may have violated the new security law.
Hong Kong’s pan-democrats support increased democracy and have denounced mainland China’s new overreaching security laws.
“If this so-called primary’s election purpose is to achieve the ultimate goal of…resisting every policy initiative of Hong Kong as their government, then it may fall into the category of subverting the state power -- which is now one of the four types of offenses under the new national security law,” Lam said in response to the elections.
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The recent primary election had a reported turnout of 600,000 voters, which will select representatives from five different regions to run for Hong Kong’s Legislation Council on Sept. 6, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.
“I warmly congratulate Hong Kong’s pan-democrats for their successful primary election,” Pompeo said Tuesday. “Their enthusiasm clearly demonstrates their desire to make their voices heard in the face of the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to suffocate the territory’s freedoms.”
In a press conference Monday, Lam said that the primary elections were not a legitimate part of the election system in Hong Kong.
Lam then said that the government received many complaints about the recent elections, and cited law 599G which prohibits “group gatherings of more ...
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