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A place claims itself to be ruled in accordance with law, yet it would capture a person for an extended period without notifying him of the reasons for his detention.
A place claims to be ruled in accordance with law, yet it strips a detained person of his legal rights, pressuring him “voluntarily” to surrender his rights to have access to a lawyer and to notify his family.
A place claims to be ruled in accordance with law, yet a detained person who has not been charged or tried is forced to record for a television station a video of his “confession”.
A place claims to be ruled in accordance with law, yet it detains a person who has not been charged with an offence for many months.
A place claims to be ruled in accordance with law, yet it creates white terror to gain the silence of those whose rights have been deprived; even a person who has been kidnapped by Mainland officers in Hong Kong in violation of One Country, Two Systems can only speak of it privately, and dares not making this public himself.
A place claims itself to be ruled in accordance with law, yet, yet, yet… No matter how many “yets” are out there, that cannot stop a courageous Hong Konger, Mr Lam Wing Kee, from uncovering all these dark practices and their hypocrisy, nakedly exposing the lie that is “ruled in accordance with law” slogan.
As Hong Kongers, we must firmly defend our rule of law, or else we will al be “ruled in accordance with law”.
As Hong Kongers, we must firmly defend our core values, and strongly demand that such outrageous practices will never again be imposed on Hong Kongers, or even the people of China.
As Hong Kongers, we demand that officials fully account for what happened in relation to the Causeway Bay Bookshop, apologise to the five bookshop members who have been captured and their family and friends for inappropriate treatment against them, and apologise to all Hong Kongers for damaging One Country, Two Systems.
As Hong Kongers, we must reject fear and embrace courage.
Progressive Lawyers Group
17 June 2016