The Five Eyes (Five Eyes, FVEY, 五眼聯盟), the international intelligence alliance consisting of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, calls on China to lift the ban against pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong.
According to the foreign ministers of these countries, the new rules to disqualify democratically elected representatives in Hong Kong are an attempt to silence critics of the Chinese government.
In a joint statement, the Five Eyes Foreign Ministers urge the Chinese authorities to reconsider their actions against the elected Hong Kong legislature and immediately reinstate the members of the Legislative Council.
The Hong Kong government expelled four members of the opposition last week after the Beijing government gave the city authorities new powers to curb dissent in the former British colony. The move provoked mass resignation by the pro-democracy representatives of the opposition.
The move also confirmed once again the fear that these interventions of the Chinese government in the political life of the city, increasingly erode the autonomy of the city, guaranteed until 2047, as had been sanctioned by the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
The Chinese government meanwhile has not changed its position, repeating that “any attempt to influence or threaten Beijing can only be doomed to damnation.
“China’s determination to defend its national sovereignty, security, and development interests is unwavering.
The United States has already imposed sanctions against city governor Carrie Lam, and other prominent local politicians.
On Wednesday, Hong Kong police also arrested three politicians for incidents between May and June.
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