Freedom is a serious crime !
Artists and activists in Hong Kong are facing an agonizing dilemma as they find themselves caught between fighting for their rights and fleeing from the oppressive grip of the government. The recent implementation of a highly controversial “security” law has resulted in an alarming increase in arrests of individuals who dare to speak out against the authorities.
While the world’s attention has been largely diverted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the protests in Hong Kong have gradually lost momentum. However, the central government in Beijing remains resolute in its actions, continually disregarding the agreements outlined in the Basic Law of Hong Kong. Consequently, it is now more crucial than ever to closely monitor the newest and deeply disturbing developments unfolding in the city.
Notable figures among those arrested are media entrepreneur Jimmy Lai, known for his staunch criticism of Chinese Leadership, and Agnes Chow, a prominent face of the student movement advocating for democracy. Their crime? Simply expressing their opinions, which have now been unjustly criminalized under the newly imposed law.
“Freedom is a Serious Crime” encapsulates the essence of these events while adding a compelling social commentary, resulting in a visually stunning and emotionally shattering representation of the battleground that Hong Kong has transformed into during its ongoing struggle for democracy and freedom.
Although this short film solely features scenes from 2019 and predates the implementation of the new law, it conveys a timeless and profoundly distressing message about the far-reaching consequences that the erosion of democracy and freedom can have on the lives of every citizen. Hong Kong, long regarded as the gateway to Asia, now faces an uncertain future. How much longer can it maintain its position amidst mounting challenges?
The plight of artists and activists in Hong Kong serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safeguarding fundamental human rights and the dire consequences of their erosion. The international community must not turn a blind eye to the situation unfolding in Hong Kong, for the struggle for freedom and democracy in one part of the world impacts us all. It is imperative that we unite in support of those who continue to fight for their basic rights and lend our voices to the cause of Hong Kong’s freedom, even as the city teeters on the brink of an uncertain future.