Hong Kong police arrested outstanding democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for collaborating in an unauthorised meeting final yr and violating town’s anti-mask regulation.
Wong turned the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement democracy protests. Other activists are additionally going through illegal meeting fees or suspected offences associated to final yr’s protests, which prompted Beijing to impose a controversial nationwide safety regulation in June. The regulation goals to sort out secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces, with punishments of as much as life in jail.
Hong Kong police confirmed they arrested two males on Thursday for unlawful meeting on October 5, 2019. An anti-mask regulation was launched final yr to assist police determine the pro-democracy protesters, however within the meantime, town has made face masks necessary as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“I am deeply concerned about the arrest of Joshua Wong, another example of HK authorities targeting activists. Chinese and HK authorities must respect the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, as protected in the Joint Declaration”, Britain’s overseas secretary Dominic Raab tweeted.
Britain administered Hong Kong till a 1997 handover to China. In July, it suspended its extradition treaty and blocked arms gross sales with Hong Kong. It has additionally provided residency rights to a few million Hong Kongers.
Nathan Law, one other one among Hong Kong’s most outstanding democracy activists, in July fled abroad after the Chinese authorities imposed the safety regulation on town. He is at present within the UK.
The arrest of Wong comes 6 weeks after media tycoon Jimmy Lai was detained on suspicion of colluding with overseas forces.