Police arrested fifteen high-profile pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong on Saturday and charged them with “organizing and participating in unlawful assemblies,” according to local Hong Kong reports.
Those arrested include pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, former chairs of the Democratic Party Martin Lee and Albert Ho, Democratic Party members Yeung Sum, Au Nok-hin, Richard Tsoi, Kwai Tsing, members of the Labour Party Lee Cheuk-yan, Leung Yiu-chung and Cyd Ho.
Also arrested were District Council chair Sin Chung-Kai, League of Social Democrats chair Raphael Wong, vice-chair Leung Kwok-hung, secretary-general Avery Ng and the Civil Human Rights Front’s vice-convener Figo Chan.
According to reports the arrests are related to pro-democracy demonstrations that happened on August 18th and October 1st, 2019.
Dozens of pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmakers met with members of the local and international media following a special meeting of the Legislative Council to elect new chair for the House Committee on Saturday.
“And now the Hong Kong government, led by Carrie Lam, has tried very hard to introduce a reign of terror in Hong Kong,” remarked independent Democrat Claudia Mo.
The pro-democracy Legislative Council member went on to voice her concern that the government of Hong Kong is doing whatever they can to silence the local opposition and that she is terrified of the chance that the CCP-backed opposition might become the legislative majority in the upcoming election in September.
While the Trump Administration has not yet commented on the arrests, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has issued a statement:
“The right to peaceful protest is fundamental to Hong Kong’s way of life and as such is protected in both the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. It is essential that any protests are conducted peacefully, and that the authorities avoid actions that inflame tensions. The authorities should focus on rebuilding trust through a process of meaningful political dialogue.”
Death of Public Schools: 40% of Parents Looking at Homeschooling After Lockdown Ends
A recent poll of over twenty one hundred voters is showing that the future of public schools could be in great jeopardy when communities and states come out of lockdowns across the nation.
A survey of 2,122 registered voters by RealClear Opinion Research shows that support for educational choice is very strong, and that a plurality of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after COVID-19 lockdowns end.
The polling results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice.
John Schilling who serves as the president of the American Federation for Children had this to say about the stunning results of the survey:
“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With fifty five million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling. This is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.”
“Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible. We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”
The polling data shows that the support of homeschooling in the fall is supported by 45.7% of voters who identify as members of the Democratic Party, 50% of those who support homeschooling after lockdowns end identify as members of the Black Community, and that School Choice is being supported by at least 60% of voters across the political spectrum.
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