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Exile No Protection From Hong Kong Security Law, US Dissident Says

File picture: Supporters of Hong Kong anti-government motion collect at Liberty Square, to mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the protests in Hong Kong, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Reuters)

Chinese state media earlier reported Hong Kong police had ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists residing in exile on suspicion of violating the brand new regulation.

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  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 10:37 AM IST

Hong Kong’s arrest warrants for activists abroad present that exile and international nationality are not any safety towards town’s sweeping nationwide safety regulation, one of many focused dissidents has warned.

Democracy campaigner and US citizen Samuel Chu, who runs the Hong Kong Democracy Council in Washington, mentioned Friday he had realized he’s needed for allegedly “inciting secession and colluding with foreign powers”.

Chinese state media earlier reported Hong Kong police had ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists residing in exile on suspicion of violating the brand new regulation.

“Hong Kong police is targeting a US citizen for lobbying my own government. I might be the first non-Chinese citizen to be targeted, but I will not be the last,” Chu mentioned on Twitter.

“If I am targeted, any American, any citizen of any nation who speaks out for HK can-and will be-too,” he added.

It is the primary time authorities have invoked the regulation’s extraterritorial jurisdiction to go after activists not in Hong Kong.

Others needed by Hong Kong police embody distinguished democracy activist Nathan Law who just lately fled town for Britain, and Simon Cheng, a former British consulate staffer who was granted asylum within the UK after allegedly being tortured in China.

The metropolis’s pro-democracy camp has come below sustained assault since Beijing imposed the safety regulation final month — a transfer China’s leaders described as a “sword” hanging over the top of its critics.

The laws targets subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with international forces with as much as life in jail, however rights teams and critics say it’s a authorized weapon to silence dissidents and criminalise sure political opinions.

Since the regulation got here into impact, a dozen main pro-democracy campaigners have been disqualified from operating in legislative elections, and 4 college students — certainly one of them solely aged 16 — have been arrested on suspicion of “inciting secession” on social media.

“The arrests, the disqualifications, the wanted bulletins — these are indications of our need to remain active on the global stage,” activist Law, 27, mentioned on Facebook.

“That Hong Kong has no place for even such moderate views like ours underscores the absurdity of Chinese Communist rule.”

Law mentioned the fees towards him have been “trumped-up” and his solely “crime” is that he “loves Hong Kong too much”.

“I hope… that all of you can stand strong to resist the white terror rather than succumb to self-censorship,” he added.


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