10/21, 5:09 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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US sees 'continued erosion of freedoms' in HK

The United States is "seriously concerned" about "the continued erosion of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including political participation, in Hong Kong," US State Department spokesman Ned Price stated on Thursday.

Washington saw what it described as an "increase in politically-motivated prosecutions, including through the National Security Law" in the city, urging authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong "to release those unjustly detained" and calling for the "crackdown on peaceful civil society organizations" to stop.

Earlier in the day, the Hong Kong government disqualified another 16 opposition-linked members of local district councils, citing their alleged lack of compliance with loyalty oaths.

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