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Hong Kong activist arrests will reinflame pro-democracy protests

Government used cover of coronavirus to take Jimmy Lai and others into custody

| Hong Kong
Jimmy Lai walks out from a police station after being bailed out on Feb. 28: the arrest is a warning signal to the protesters.   © The Initium Media/AP

While civil society has been providing medical and other kinds of support to the elderly and the underprivileged, Hong Kong's government has taken advantage of the concern and confusion caused by coronavirus to stab its citizens in the back. Late last week, it despicably arrested three prominent pro-democracy veterans.

Where we activists believe in humanitarian values and treat saving lives as our main task, the government abuses the crisis to launch political revenge just when unity to combat the coronavirus is most crucial. In doing so, it has resuscitated the rage behind last year's protests which the coronavirus had caused to die down.

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