Hong Kong police have received more than 2,500 tips since the launch of the hotline for residents to report suspected violations of the city’s extensive national security laws.
The cross-platform hotline, launched on Thursday, allows Hong Kong residents to report information directly to the national security police via text message, email or WeChat.
A police spokesman told the Guardian that by Friday morning the force had received more than 2,500 items. The hotline can accept audio, video, photos, and text, and contributors remain anonymous and receive no response after they̵7;ve submitted their tips, police said.
While many countries have law enforcement tips, Hong Kong has been perceived by critics as reminiscent of China’s Cultural Revolution, when its neighbors were encouraged to monitor and inform each other.
The broadly defined national security law, imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong in June, criminals a wide range of acts on the grounds of subversion, separatism, foreign collusion or terrorism.
Speaking from Beijing, Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam praised the law in effect. “You don’t see big incidents of violence anymore. So, in this sense, the law has been very effective at being a deterrent, ”she said.
At least 27 people have been arrested by law, some of them twice, although only two have been charged. Although the authorities said it would only be used against a “small group” of criminals, it led to the criminalization of benign acts in favor of independence and a cold effect. media, academia and schools.
During the crackdown, others have also been arrested under current law, including seven pro-democracy lawmakers held on Sunday for allegedly contemptuous and one pro-democracy activist accused of secession during colonial times.
Speaking out of court on Friday, lawmakers accused the government of trying to crack down on dissidents in parliament.
On Tuesday, Choy Yuk-ling, the producer of a news TV show, was arrested and charged with abusing a vehicle registration search function while investigating the implications of gang members. and the police in the July 2019 attack of Yuen Long.
RTHK, her employer, said the documentary aired last year said police were present but took no action.
Lam declined to comment on the case but reiterated that Hong Kong’s press freedom is protected as long as journalists do not break the law. An important criticism of the law is that its lack of specifics makes it difficult for journalists to know if they are in violation of the law.