Hong Kong Police arrested four people, the youngest only 16, on suspicion of crime under the new city security law.
At a news conference shortly before midnight on Wednesday, a police spokesman said three men and women, all students, were suspected of participating in an online group that had pledged to use all means to fight for independence. Hong Kong.
“We have arrested … subversive change, organization and incitement [of] Art Nouveau, “said Li Kwai-wah, Hong Kong State Security Police.
“They wanted to unite all the independent groups in Hong Kong for the purpose of promoting independence Hong Kong. “
Student localism, a group that defended independence, said in a statement that its former leader Tony Chung (19 years old) was among those arrested.
Break: # Beijing held the first big round of arrests under # national security tonight. Tony Chung and two other former members were arrested by #SecretPolice. Tony was watched all day. pic.twitter.com/xi6jaX0T1J
– Joshua Wong @ 之 锋 😷 (@joshuawongcf) July 29, 2020
Another former member who was arrested was identified by local politicians and the media as Yanni Ho. The other two were not identified. The oldest detainee is 21 years old.
Last month, student localism announced it had fallen apart when Beijing passed a national security law banning secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.
China believes Hong Kong to be an “inalienable” part of the country, therefore calls for independence from the anatomy of the Communist Party leaders.
Beijing imposed a National Security Act on the semi-autonomous territory of the city on the eve of July 1, when it traditionally represents the handover of Britain in 1997.under the so-called “one country, two systems” framework, China has guaranteed freedom and a way of life in Hong Kong for at least 50 years.
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Beijing argues that a national security law is needed to end unrest and restore stability – and say it will not affect people’s political freedoms.
Human Rights Watch condemned the arrests and called on governments to impose targeted sanctions Hong Kong and Chinese government officials responsible for the new law.
“The gross abuse of this draconian law makes it clear that the goal is to silence dissent, not to protect national security,” said Sophie Richardson, Chinese director of Human Rights Watch.
The legislation bans what Beijing loosely defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and secret agreements with foreign forces until the end of its life in prison.
Some Western governments, business leaders and human rights groups have condemned this, saying it was Beijing’s attempt to tighten control over a free Chinese city. In response, they suspended extradition agreements with Hong Kong and relaxed migration rules for Hong Kong residents.
Beijing says the law is crucial to filling national security gaps exposed to a month of sometimes violent anti-government protests that began in June 2019.
Beijing Offices and Hong Kong they argue that the law will apply to targeting only a minority of “problematic” ones.