Hong Kong activist Tony Chung detained near U.S. consulate

Elias Hubbard
October 28, 2020

Former group members William Chan and Yanni Ho were separately arrested while reporting to a police station in connection with a previous arrest.

Hong Kong police on Tuesday detained three people under the city's contentious national security law on suspicion of publishing content to incite others to secede from China.

Police said the arrest was part of an ongoing investigation.

A previously unknown group calling itself "Friends of Hong Kong" first alerted media to Chung's arrest on Tuesday morning by issuing a statement saying its members had been trying to arrange for him to make an asylum application via the United States consulate.

A number of pro-independence groups disbanded after the law was introduced.

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Group Studentlocalism said three of its former members including Tony Chung were detained by officers at the scene.

Dashcam footage obtained by AFP from a auto parked opposite the building at that time showed three men wearing surgical masks escorting another man in a dark t-shirt who appears to have his hands behind his back.

A security guard gestures outside the USA consulate in Hong Kong on 27 October.

Former Studentlocalism leader Tony Chung wears glasses and looks at the camera as coloured lights shine in the background
Tony Chung was previously arrested in July under the national security law

The US consulate has not responded to enquires from several news agencies.

No contact details for that unit - which is based out of a recently requisitioned hotel - have been made available to the media.

The law, which was imposed on Hong Kong by the central Chinese government and took effect on June 30, is widely seen as a means to curb dissent after anti-government protests rocked the city for months past year.

The legislation outlaws secessionist, subversive and terrorist acts, as well as collusion with foreign forces in the city's internal affairs.

He was accused of being involved in an organisation that vowed to fight for an independent Hong Kong and later released on bail.

Mr Chung, 19, was the first public figure arrested under a controversial new national security law in July. He and three others, including a 16-year-old, were arrested for allegedly "inciting secession" via social media posts.

In late June, Studentlocalism halted operations in Hong Kong with plans to move overseas before the national security law came into effect.

Activists say Canada and Germany have become the first to grant sanctuary to successful applicants.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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