Prepare to be surprised.
The Hill reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just spoke out against China, condemning the communist regime for the recent arrest of a Catholic cardinal.
Earlier this week, Hong Kong’s national security police arrested 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, Hong Kong’s bishop emeritus, as well as four other individuals. They were charged with “colluding with foreign forces,” a violation of Hong Kong’s national security law.
The charge appears to stem from the fact that all five individuals have been involved in pro-democracy efforts in Hong Kong. They, for example, all had connections to the former 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund: They were trustees of the fund.
The fund, among other things, helped to pay for the medical and legal fees of those who were detained during the pro-democracy protests that took place in Hong Kong in 2019. The fund has since been disbanded.
It is believed that the real point of the arrests was to crack down on the pro-democracy push.
Cardinal Zen and the four other individuals have since been released on bail. It is unclear what comes next for them. Some reports indicate that they could end up facing life imprisonment.
“Sign of weakness”
House Speaker Pelosi, to the surprise of many, actually spoke out against the arrest of Zen and the others in an op-ed that she wrote for the Washington Post on Friday. In the op-ed, Pelosi called Zen’s arrest “one of the clearest signs yet of Beijing’s worsening crackdown as Hong Kong fights for its freedoms — and of Beijing’s growing desperation and fear that it is losing this fight.”
“Indeed, this act of persecution is a sign of weakness, not a show of strength,” Pelosi wrote.
The House Speaker went on to condemn the arrests as “an affront to religious freedom, political freedoms, and human rights,” and she encouraged others to do the same.
“As I have said before, if we do not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out on human rights anywhere in the world,” Pelosi wrote.
The op-ed does appear to be real, as hard as it is to believe that Pelosi wrote it.