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How many more pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong need to be arrested for Britain to step up?

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Last week, Hong Kong authorities sunk to a new low as they charged seven pro-democracy leaders for unlawful assembly. The time has come for Britain to stop standing idly by and demonstrate moral courage by standing unequivocally with Hong Kongers.

The charges, relating to a demonstration two years ago before tough new national security laws were brought in, are the latest in a string of power grabs from Beijing. Last month, 39 men and eight women were arrested for breaching the national security law. They stand accused of organising an unofficial ‘primary’ election to pick opposition candidates for the 2020 legislative elections, which were subsequently cancelled.

The Hong Kong legislature played a key role in protecting the city’s autonomy; it protected and enacted Hong Kong’s distinct laws and acted as a legal buffer between Beijing and Hong Kong. It also consisted of pro-democracy representatives........

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