If They Are Guilty,
Then I Am Guilty, Too.
On July 3, Hong Kong police announced bounties of one million Hong Kong dollars apiece for information leading to the arrests of eight advocates of Hong Kong democracy who are living overseas. The Hong Kong National Security Law, imposed by Beijing on June 30, 2020, vaguely provides that any person anywhere in the world who advocates “secession” from China, “subversion” of the central government, or “collusion with foreign forces” is in violation of the law. The eight Hong Kong activists have been entirely peaceful. Their offenses have been to say things that were perfectly legal to say before the National Security Law arrived but that Beijing now declares to be criminal.
In solidarity with them, and in defense of the universal human right of free speech, we have signed the following statement and invite you to do so as well:
“If Ted Hui, Anna Kwok, Dennis Kwok, Finn Lau, Nathan Law, Siu-tat Mung, Kevin Yam and Elmer Yuen have broken the law, then we have too and are also “guilty.”’
July 17, 2023
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