U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and an outspoken China hawk, released the following statement after Jimmy Lai, a China critic and democracy advocate, was arrested under the Chinese Communist Party’s new national security law in Hong Kong.

“Democracy needs heroes, and Jimmy Lai used his media empire to advance the cause of freedom in Hong Kong. The Chinese Communist Party hated him for it and didn’t hesitate to declare him a threat to national security. Tech executives in the US and abroad should be disturbed by this news and fully understand who they’re dealing with when they supplicate before the CCP.”