Like a boa constrictor crushing the last vestiges of life from its prey, the Chinese Communist Party has intensified this week its merciless snuffing of freedom in Hong Kong. On Sunday, its hand-picked thug named John Lee won an uncontested race with ninety-nine percent of the votes cast by 1500 hand-picked CCP supporters.
Almost immediately, a new roundup of prominent freedom-fighters began with the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen and several others suspected of violating Beijing’s odious “national security law.” They could face life-imprisonment when, not if, the rigged judicial system finds them guilty as charged.
Such mistreatment of Hong Kong’s former archbishop validates his courageous criticism of both Communist China’s totalitarian regime and the Pope it reportedly paid handsomely to sell out Catholics in China. Let’s pray for these and all Xi Jinping’s other victims – current and prospective, which includes us.
This is Frank Gaffney.