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World Four students arrested in Hong Kong under the national security law

02:51  30 july  2020
02:51  30 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Hong Kong: Arrest of four student activists, consequence of the national security law

 Hong Kong: Arrest of four student activists, consequence of the national security law © Isaac Lawrence, AFP Riot police stand guard in a shopping center in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020, as part of the national security law. Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four students attached to an independence group. This is one of the first arrests of public political figures in Hong Kong since the entry into force of the National Security Law, which endorses China's hold on the former British colony.

Four students have been arrested in Hong Kong in the first police operation to enforce China's new national security law for the territory. Beijing's controversial new law criminalises subversion, secession and collusion with foreign forces. Previous arrests under the new law have been made for

Four Hong Kong students involved in a recently disbanded pro-independence group were arrested by police on Wednesday under a controversial new national security law , officers and members of the group said. The arrests are the first to target public political figures since the sweeping legislation was

Des manifestants pro-démocratie, à Hong Kong le 6 juillet 2020. © ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong on July 6, 2020.

Three men and a woman aged 16 to 21 were arrested Wednesday by the Hong Kong police for having "announced on social networks the creation of an organization which advocates the independence of Hong Kong".

Four Hong Kong students involved in a recently disbanded independence group were arrested by police on Wednesday as part of the controversial new national security law , we learned from the group and forces of security.

These are the first arrests targeting public political figures since the entry into force of this law, imposed by Beijing on its semi-autonomous territory on June 30.

Hong Kong students arrested under security law, prompting anger

  Hong Kong students arrested under security law, prompting anger The detention of the four, one just 16, is the first under the law that was imposed by Beijing earlier this month.In a press conference shortly before midnight on Wednesday, a police spokesman said the three men and a woman, all students, were suspected of being involved in an online group that pledged to use every means to fight for an independent Hong Kong.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police have made their first major arrests under a new national security law , detaining four young people Wednesday All are believed to be students . Police said the group had made comments on social media since the law took effect that urged independence for

Under the new national security measures, those convicted could face life sentences. All four “claimed to be students ,” the tweet said. Li Kwai-Wah, a senior superintendent in the Hong Kong police force overseeing enforcement of the new law , said at a late-night news conference in Hong

Incitement to secession

The four students arrested - three men and a woman aged 16 to 21 - are suspected of "organizing and inciting secession" , according to police .

"Our sources and our investigation show that the group recently announced on social networks the creation of an organization that advocates the independence of Hong Kong" , told reporters Li Kwai-wah, an officer member of the news national security unit created within the Hong Kong police.

In a statement, Student Localism, an independence group disbanded in June, said its former leader Tony Chung, 19, was among those arrested. Two other former members of the group have been identified by politicians and local media.

A serious decline in freedoms

The national security law imposed by the communist regime in Beijing sanctions “subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces” .

It makes the pro-local democracy opposition fear a serious decline in the freedoms in force in the former British colony of 7.5 million inhabitants, ceded to China in 1997.

France renounces ratifying "as is" the extradition agreement with Hong Kong .
© AFP / ANTHONY WALLACE A Chinese flag flies in front of the Central People's Government's Office for the Protection of National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Zone, July 8, 2020. Agnès von der Mühll, spokeswoman for the French Foreign Ministry, said that France will not ratify the extradition agreement with Hong Kong "by state. The agreement provides for the possibility of extraditing any person wanted by one of the two parties and who are in the other's territory.

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