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.”
Giuliani And Ellis Allege Considerable Voter Fraud in Arizona
Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, legal counsel for President Donald J. Trump, along side of campaign witnesses and election observers, appeared in front of members of the state legislature of Arizona today alleging that a sizable amount of voter fraud occurred in the state while also pushing for Republican majority state House and Senate to hold a vote on the certification of the election.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, opened his remarks by saying that socialist-leaning politicians and officials have gradually eroded the personal liberties of Americans, noting that the allegedly fraudulent election process on November 3rd is an extension of that.
“We have been warned for twenty years that going to major mail-in ballots … will be fraught with tremendous fraud,” he continued, adding, “We were warned by former President Jimmy Carter.”
Citing the U.S. Constitution, Mr. Giuliani said, “You, the legislature of Arizona, have the plenary power to regulate the selection of electors in a presidential election,” he went on to argue that the Supreme Court has ruled that state Houses and Senates can reclaim the power to name electors.
“Your political career is worth losing to save the right to vote in America,” Giuliani told the GOP senators. “At times in our history, men and women stepped forward to defend Americans’ rights and liberties,” he remarked.
Jenna Ellis, another one of President Trump’s lawyers, said the Trump team isn’t asking the legislature to overturn the results of the election, but to rather, not certify allegedly fraudulent results.
One witness that was called by the Trump legal team was retired Col. Phil Waldron who asserted that the United States is a victim of “information warfare” due to the lack of security around voting machines in the State of Arizona. The machines “can be hacked to manipulate votes,” Waldron commented to the members of the Arizona legislature.
Another witness for the Trump Team was a provisional ballot clerk. She testified that the state directed her to allow people to vote who were not registered to vote in Arizona.
The Trump legal team is aiming to hold similar hearings in Michigan as well as other battleground states.
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