Vice President Mike Pence spoke out in defense of Hong Kong media tycoon and Next Digital founder Jimmy Lai after his arrest Monday morning as the offices of his pro-Democracy paper Apple Daily were raided.
“The arrest of @JimmyLaiApple in Hong Kong is deeply offensive & an affront to freedom loving people around the world,” Pence tweeted. “When I met w/ Jimmy Lai @WhiteHouse, I was inspired by his stand for democracy & the rights & autonomy that were promised to the people of Hong Kong by Beijing.”
“The United States will continue to stand with Jimmy Lai and all the freedom loving people of Hong Kong,” Pence added in a follow-up tweet, including the hashtag #FreeJimmyLai.
Chris Patten, Lord of Barnes and the last British governor of Hong Kong, also denounced the arrest and said it signaled Hong Kong being on the verge of a Communist state.
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