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How Hong Kong is targeting the moderates to quell all forms of protest

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In early November, I messaged a friend in Hong Kong about being a panellist at an upcoming virtual conference. The conference organisers, a European foundation, would usually have reached out directly but were reticent given legal advice they had received about Hong Kong’s new National Security Law.

My friend, a well-known political activist, reluctantly declined the invitation. “I may be in jail [by] then,” he added. How Hong Kong has changed.

Hong Kong government’s front page advertisements in local newspapers. Photo: GovHK.

It is numbing to think of the many people I know from Hong Kong who in the last five years have been arrested, jailed or forced into exile. Many others have received credible threats to themselves and their families, lost their jobs or been hounded into silence.

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