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Hong Kong Bishop says Govt exploiting SARS to legislate for crackdown


The Catholic bishop of Hong Kong has accused the government and pro-government groups of trying to push through a controversial anti-subversion law amid the SARS crisis.

A letter from Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun read out at a hearing on the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill expressed his indignation at the way the bill was being moved through the legislative process.

Fr Louis Ha Ke-loon, director of the Hong Kong Catholic Social Communications Office, read the letter at the weekend at the third and final public hearing on the controversial legislation.

In the letter, addressed to all members of the Legislative Council and Executive Council as well as to Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, Bishop Zen accused the government and pro-government groups of showing no interest in serious discussion with the public on the issue.

SOURCE
UCA News

LINKS
Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong | Opinion on Basic Law Art. 23 - Bishop Joseph Zen

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9 May 2003