tirsdag 11. august 2020

Hong Kong's new security law is transforming the city even faster than expected

It's been less than six weeks since a security law banning secession, subversion and collusion came into force in Hong Kong. But it's already having a dramatic effect on the city's political, media and online spheres.  On Monday, some 200 police officers raided the headquarters of Apple Daily, the city's most-read pro-democracy newspaper. A number of top executives were arrested, including the paper's multi-millionaire owner Jimmy Lai. Police said Lai faced charges of colluding with foreign countries, a crime under the new law. 

Lai had strong ties in Washington, particularly with the Republican Party, and has testified before US Congress in the past.Hours later on Monday, Agnes Chow, a 23-year-old pro-democracy politician, was arrested on suspicion of inciting secession, another new offense. Chow is a former member of Demosisto, a political party founded by prominent activist Joshua Wong that was disbanded shortly after the security law came into force. Another former Demosisto leader, Nathan Law, has fled overseas, where he is being sought by Hong Kong police.