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Cotton Statement on Jailing of Pro-Democracy Protestors in Hong Kong

August 18, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement after three activists were jailed in Hong Kong after a pro-democracy protest:

"To throw three young activists in jail on trumped-up charges is not a sign of Beijing's strength, but of weakness. The people of Hong Kong have every right to protest their government-and no amount of intimidation can change that. This sentence is only the latest mark against the heavy hand of Beijing-and it should only embolden the forces of democracy in that embattled city. Beijing's rulers will learn that jailing dissidents does not extinguish a people's desire for liberty, but further fans its flame."

Senator Cotton co-sponsored the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2017, legislation that would empower the president to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human-rights abuses against Hong Kong citizens.