A third example of the CPC's dishonesty is its full-frontal assault on Hong Kong's autonomy, freedom, and rule of law, he asserted.
The law outlaws subversive, secessionist, and terrorist activity, as well as collusion with foreign powers to interfere in the city's internal affairs.
The detention of the city's most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government critics and comes after China imposed a sweeping new national security law
The elections were to have taken place Sunday but Chief Executive Carrie Lam on July 31 postponed them for one year.
Posts on Lam's Twitter account said he had been arrested on charges of conspiring with others to damage property and obstructing the course of justice during a protest in July 2019.
Hong Kong's Twitter warriors were quick to pounce, many of them mocking the city's police force for helping to make the phrase go viral.
The 1-month-old law has chilled pro-democracy protesting as activists along with academics and others wonder if their activities could be targeted.
Hong Kong University's council voted to oust Benny Tai from his position as an associate law professor in an 18-2 vote on Tuesday, local media reported.
About 370 people were arrested during and after Wednesday's protests against the law being imposed by China to curb activities surrounding the anti-government protests ongoing since June 2020.
It comes as China’s legislature is expected to pass a national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday that critics say will severely limit opposition politics and freedom of speech in the city.
McDonald called on the UK government to 'match the courage of the protesters and not kowtow to China's bullying'.
The bill covers four categories of crimes: succession; subversion of state power; local terrorist activities, and collaborating with foreign or external foreign forces to endanger national security.
Deng Zhonghua, deputy head of China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said enforcing the national security law would largely fall to Hong Kong's local authorities and police.
Police banned the annual vigil for the first time in three decades, citing public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Beijing continues to say that the unrest is a result of international interference and claims to respect the 'one country, two systems' principle.