Entertainment Hong Kong: a young activist arrested near the American consulate

14:50  27 october  2020
14:50  27 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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In July Chung and Ho, were among four student activists arrested under the Beijing-imposed national security law, for allegedly advocating online for an independent Hong Kong . He feared he would face further charges and have his bail revoked, prompting him to seek asylum at the American consulate .

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A young Hong Kong activist, one of the first to be arrested under the new national security law, was arrested again Tuesday near the American consulate, said media and activists of the semi-autonomous territory.

Tony Chung, 19, was taken away by men while in a cafe opposite the US Consulate, the South China Morning Post reported, citing one of its reporters who witnessed the events. .

The Post, along with media outlets HK01 and iCable News, cited sources familiar with the investigation as saying Mr. Chung was arrested by the police unit in charge of enforcing the national security law in Hong Kong. .

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A previously unknown group calling themselves "Friends of Hong Kong" alerted the media to the arrest in a statement, claiming that its members tried to obtain an asylum application for Mr. Chung through the US consulate .

"Our plan was for him to enter the consulate office today," a member of this group told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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AFP was unable to verify that this group was helping the young man to apply for asylum.

According to their statement, they saw four men enter the cafe on Tuesday morning and arrest Mr. Chung.

Videos from a surveillance camera, located in a car that was parked in front of the building and obtained by AFP, showed three men, their faces covered with a mask, escorting an individual in a dark t-shirt who seems to have his hands behind his back.

According to "Friends of Hong Kong", the clothes worn by this escorted man correspond to those worn by Mr. Chung on Tuesday morning.

Calls to her phone went unanswered.

The Hong Kong police and the US consulate did not respond to our requests for information.

Mr. Chung was arrested in July with three other people, including a 16-year-old minor, for "inciting secession" after posting messages on social media.

Released on bail, he was forbidden to leave Hong Kong territory for the duration of the investigation.

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