‘A political show’: Beijing hits back at western criticism of Hong Kong national security arrests

Beijing has hit back at western criticism of Hong Kong’s latest arrest of activists, including a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal, accusing them of “smearing” and putting on a “political show.”

China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong “expresses strong disapproval and opposition, emphasizing that ‘rights and freedoms’ are not a ‘shield’ for illegal activities in Hong Kong,” a statement published on Thursday read. “[The ministry] urges foreign forces that are intervening to immediately stop their clumsy political show filled with ideological biases. ”

Chinese and Hong Kong flags outside the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong. Photo: Facebook, via Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in HKSAR.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, barrister Margaret Ng, singer-activist Denise Ho, and scholar Hui Po-keung were released on bail late Wednesday.

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