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Son of jailed Hong Kong media tycoon condemns UK government ‘weakness’

Son of jailed Hong Kong media tycoon condemns UK government ‘weakness’

The British son of the jailed Hong Kong media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai has criticised Britain and the Vatican for failing to speak out strongly against the crackdown on dissent in the Chinese territory.
Sebastien Lai, the son of jailed Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, has criticized the UK government and the Vatican for failing to speak out strongly against China’s crackdown on dissent in the city.

Speaking at an event in Washington, DC, Lai said that the UK government had been “incredibly weak” in its response to the crackdown, which has seen the closure of pro-democracy media outlets, the arrest of pro-democracy activists, and the imposition of a national security law that critics say is being used to silence dissent.

Lai also criticized the Vatican for failing to speak out on behalf of his father, who is a Catholic. He said that the Vatican’s silence was “deafening” and that it was “imperative” for the international community to stand up to China’s human rights abuses.

The UK government has defended its record on Hong Kong, saying that it has raised concerns about the crackdown with the Chinese government on a number of occasions. However, the government has been criticized by some for not doing enough to pressure China to change its course.

The Vatican has also been criticized for its silence on the crackdown. However, the Vatican has said that it is working behind the scenes to try to secure the release of Jimmy Lai.

The crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong has been condemned by the international community, but China has defended its actions, saying that they are necessary to protect national security. The crackdown has raised concerns about the future of Hong Kong’s autonomy, which was promised to the city when it was handed back to China in 1997.
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