Hong Kong Police have arrested just four 16-year-olds for suspected offenses under the city’s new National Security Act, the first such protests after street protests since the law came into force a month earlier.
At a press conference before midnight on Wednesday, a police spokesman said that three men and one woman, all students, were suspected of joining an online group that pledged to use every means to fight for an independent Used to give Hong Kong.
“We arrested … for sabotage and organizing and also inciting [of] Secularism, ”said Lee Kwai-wah, Superintendent of Police at the Hong Kong National Security Department.
“They wanted to unite all the independent groups Hong Kong With a view to promoting freedom of Hong Kong. “
Student Localism, a group that advocated independence, said in a statement that its former leader, 19-year-old Tony Chung, was among those arrested.
to break: #Beijing Under this, the first big round of arrests took place #Nationalsecuritylaw tonight. Disintegrator @studentlocalism, Was arrested by Tony Chung and another two former members #undercover cop“. Tony has been asked for days. pic.twitter.com/xi6jaX0T1J
– Joshua Wong 之 黃 黃 @ (@joshuawongcf) July 29, 2020
Another former member arrested was identified as Yanni Ho by local politicians and the media. Two others could not be identified. The eldest person taken into custody is 21 years old.
Last month, Student Localism announced that Beijing enforced its national security law, which led to segregation, terrorism, sabotage, terrorism, and confrontation with foreign forces.
China believes Hong Kong Being an “unqualified” part of the country, the call for independence is therefore a sad event for its Communist Party leaders.
Beijing implemented the National Security Law in the semi-autonomous city area on the evening of 1 July, when it traditionally marked a 1997 handover from Britain. UThe so-called “one country, two systems” framework, China is about to guarantee independence and Hong Kong’s way of life for at least 50 years.
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Beijing says national security legislation is needed to end the unrest and restore stability – and claims that it will not affect people’s political freedom.
Human Rights Watch condemned the arrests and urged governments to impose targeted sanctions Hong Kong And Chinese government officials are responsible for the new law.
Sophie Richardson, China’s director of Human Rights Watch, said, “The widespread misuse of this Drakean law makes it clear that its purpose is to calm dissent and not to protect national security.”
A violation of the law that Beijing defined laxity as isolation, sabotage, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces for life in prison.
It has been condemned by some Western governments, business leaders and human rights groups who say it is an attempt by Beijing to strengthen its hold on China’s free city. In response, they have suspended extradition treaties with Hong Kong and loosened migration rules for Hong Kong residents.
Beijing says the law is important to narrow the gap in national security defenses exposed during the months of violent anti-government demonstrations that began in June 2019.
Authority in Beijing and Hong Kong The law will only be used to target a minority of “firefighters”.