The detentions were made by neighborhood authorities, under the questionable National Safety Legislation, for attempting to “overthrow” the government by holding primary political elections for pro-democracy prospects in 2014’s delayed elections.ITUC General Assistant Sharan Burrow condemned the arrests:”This is a full-on assault on the basic human rights of the people of Hong Kong: liberty of organization, free speech, flexibility to construct. We condemn it in the greatest terms as well as call for the prompt release of these 53 lobbyists.
“If Hong Kong has a problem, then it’s not people such as this who merely exercise their fundamental rights. The trouble is the repressive National Safety Legislation that should be rescinded.”
Carol Ng is well known for her dedication to the civil liberties of functioning people, specifically aeronautics workers, when she was basic secretary of the British Airways Hong Kong International Cabin Staff Organization.
Stephen Cotton, general assistant of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), commented: “Carol’s apprehension, in addition to that of the 52 other activists, is an outrageous attack on workers that will only reproduce more resistance. Their apprehension represents a significant infraction of basic human rights as well as free speech, in addition to the additional erosion of democracy in Hong Kong. These protestors need to be released right away, as well as this regulation has to be withdrawed.”