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According to authorities and local media, Hong Kong’s national security officers arrested a senior journalist and former contributing writer for the now-defunct liberal media organization Stand News on Monday for alleged sedition.
Several significant media institutions, including the Apple Daily newspaper and the Stand News online news portal, have been raided by police and closed down as part of a crackdown on the media based on a sedition statute dating from the British colonial era, as well as a Beijing-imposed national security law.
The national security department of the police force arrested a 54-year-old man for “conspiracy to print seditious writings” and detained him for additional investigation, according to local police.
Allan Au, a seasoned journalist and academic at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was identified by local media as the individual who penned columns for newspapers such as Ming Pao and the now-defunct Apple Daily.
Sedition is not included in a broad national security statute enacted by Beijing in June 2020, which punishes terrorism, collusion with foreign forces, subversion, and secession with life sentences.
However, subsequent court decisions have allowed authorities to use the new legislation’s authority to invoke rarely used colonial-era sedition provisions.
When asked about Au’s detention, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a press conference that she would not comment on specific cases, but that press freedom was protected by the city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.
The Hong Kong Journalists’ Association voiced “grave worry” at the arrest, warning that it could “further erode Hong Kong’s press freedom.”
Au was a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University and was recognized for his critical writings.
“I used to worry if I could keep writing till 2047,” Au wrote in one of his final published columns, referring to the Chinese regime’s constitutional guarantee under the Basic Law to maintain Hong Kong’s freedoms and autonomy for another 50 years until 2047.
“We haven’t made it to 2047 yet, yet 2047 has arrived right in front of our eyes,” Au wrote.
Au’s detention adds to the growing list of journalists who have been targeted since the security bill was passed. In December, two former top editors of Stand News were accused with conspiring to publish and/or reproduce seditious materials.
No one man can make sense of this elaborate illusion cast over the common man of society, but collectively we can point out each limitation forced upon us and bring it forward as an injustice to the public. In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” We’re meant to go down preaching the gospel and guiding others to salvation. This could be considered the bravest task a man or woman of faith could undertake, but make no mistake it will bear fruit in the kingdom of heaven.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention to global politics that this is happening. However, one could speculate and say that tensions across the board are running higher than ever for the Chinese Communist Party. The only buffer between confrontation and continuation of these heinous acts is the distraction of the Ukrainian crisis we’re seeing today. Something has got to give, America is no longer able to turn a blind eye from persecution due to the rapid spread of information in this digital age. The question remains, who will stop the CCP from committing further violations against human rights, and how much longer until that takes place?
1 Peter 4:12-14 says: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.”
Residents in bad condition struggled to get medical care in Shanghai due to the city’s rigorous COVID rules, which has resulted in tragic incidents.
Shanghai has enacted the country’s largest city-wide lockdown since Wuhan in the face of a new wave of COVID-19 illnesses, as authorities scramble to cut off every chain of infection. Beginning March 28, the eastern Chinese port and financial hub will isolate 26 million citizens in two stages for obligatory mass-testing over a nine-day period.
As of March 26, Shanghai had designated 36 hospitals as special treatment sites for pandemic patients.
Insiders verified to The Epoch Times’ Chinese-language version that elderly citizens confined to their homes were in danger after being denied care by overburdened hospital staff, and that suicide attempts had happened in the area.
A resident of Pudong New District named Dong, whose father is a renal patient who requires dialysis three times a week, turned to Chinese social media for assistance.
“After four days without hemodialysis, my father’s feet had developed edema. High potassium levels in the blood can harm the heart, putting (my father’s) life in jeopardy, he told the Epoch Times on March 28.
“All of my demands have gone unanswered, but I can’t watch my father die at home,” Dong stated. His Monday post drew a lot of attention. After being refused by Shanghai East Hospital and Pudong Hospital, a netizen from Pudong said that his relative had gone a week without dialysis.
Despite the fact that dialysis is the most prevalent therapy for uremia, according to Dong, only one hospital in the Pudong district presently accepts patients in quarantine. Two additional people in his neighborhood are also in severe need of dialysis.
“Hundreds or thousands more patients on dialysis across Pudong,” he warned, fearing that a second COVID-19 outbreak will kill more people than those who died in the first.
By the time of publication, Dong had given another update, stating that his father will begin dialysis on March 29.
Meanwhile, a video leaked online shows an elderly citizen jumping off his apartment building in Shanghai’s Minhang area due to significant limitations on travel and movement.
Lin (pseudonym), a Shanghai resident from the same area, confirmed to the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times on March 28 that the guy who died following his fall was around 70 years old.
“I heard it was because of his poor health, that he was probably suffering from cancer and discomfort,” she stated, as a purported municipal committee denied him medication.
The accusation was dismissed by Chinese state media as a rumor. The Epoch Times attempted to contact local officials several times but received no response.
On March 27, Wang, a Pudong resident, told The Epoch Times that a 14-year-old girl leaped from her home in Pudong district’s Kangqiaozhen after testing positive for Covid.
During the interview, Wang stated, “Her mother cried almost to death.”
“People have gone through so many rounds of sweeping nucleic acid tests,” he said. “[Authorities] should consider what’s going on and figure out what’s causing it.” They suspended my account after I said it online.”
The new tragedy follows the death last week of a Shanghai nurse who died of an asthma attack after being turned away from her workplace. The emergency room was closed for disinfection due to COVID-19 rules, she was told.
On March 28, Shanghai set a new record of 4,477 new COVID-19 cases, according to government data, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the nationwide total.
There is a correlation that can be made between the Chinese Communist Party and the Centers For Disease Control. And that is the CCP underreports its numbers to hide the fact that there is obvious falsification of statistics used solely as an excuse to exercise the incomprehensible power that they hold over their people. Not long ago there was civil unrest running rampant through China, conveniently enough ‘Zero COVID’ policy seems to have quieted down all dissidents.
As far as the CDC goes, they have to play at a different game; By over-reporting COVID-19 contraction and death statistics, they’re able to coerce citizens into believing that the situation is much more dire than it actually is. Why you might ask? Because we live in a free democratic society that doesn’t require us to cater to our governments every whim. We’re being lied to, it’s as simple as that. Once you come to terms with it, you may have a shot at seeing the next steps being taken by Klaus Schwab and his many neo-communist constituents. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
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