Yoho Statement on Protests in Hong Kong
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement regarding protests against extradition legislation in Hong Kong.
“I hope Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam has heard the voices of the people and completely withdraws the unjust extradition bill proposed earlier this year. The bill would legalize China’s practice of kidnapping individuals from Hong Kong to be tried in mainland Chinese courts, which are not independent from the Communist Party. You don’t have to be a detective to see how this law can and will be abused by an authoritarian regime. The Chief Executive should also refrain from advancing other legislation that infringes on democratic rights, such as the National Anthem Bill.
“The People’s Republic of China agreed to a ‘one country, two systems’ model when Britain handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997. The agreement requires that Hong Kong maintain its economic and common law systems until at least 2047, and the Basic Law intended for greater democratic participation in Hong Kong. The Chinese Communist Party is eroding “one country, two systems.” General Secretary Xi has no intention of letting the people of Hong Kong keep their freedom or autonomy. Over the past few weeks, the people of Hong Kong have stood up – refusing to allow Xi to keep chipping away at their rights. I will continue to stand with the millions of Hong Kongers peacefully protesting in defense of their liberties and Hong Kong’s autonomy.”