Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist, Jimmy Lai, has been arrested beneath a brand new nationwide safety regulation, and detained on suspicion of “colluding” with international forces.
Lai, recognized for his assist for the area’s pro-democracy motion and criticism of Beijing, was arrested on Monday together with six others, together with his son, whereas the newspaper he runs, the “Apple Daily,” was searched by round 200 police, who have been confiscating paperwork.
“The police operation is still ongoing and does not rule out more arrests,” the police drive stated.
Lai’s arrest is predicated on a controversial regulation handed in June, aiming at tackling subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with international forces, with democracy activists internationally warning that the regulation might be used to remove dissent and tighten Beijing’s management.
His arrest got here amid Beijing’s crackdown on opposition activists within the semi-autonomous area, and amid rising considerations over freedom of expression and media freedom because of the not too long ago adopted nationwide safety regulation.
Earlier in August, police in Hong Kong have ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile, on suspicion of violating China’s new nationwide safety regulation for town, in accordance with experiences by Chinese media.