A group of former lawmakers were among dozens of pro-democracy activists arrested on Tuesday under the national security law imposed by China, per opposition groups and local media.
Why it matters: Hong Kong had enjoyed a high degree of autonomy, but the passage of the sweeping security law by Chinese lawmakers last June has led to a major crackdown on the pro-democracy movement. It has escalated in recent weeks, with the arrests of activists including media tycoon Jimmy Lai and the imprisonment of other prominent figures like Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow.
Those who participated in the pro-democracy primary were arrested this morning for “subversion” under National Security Law.— LO Kin-hei 羅健熙 (@lokinhei) January 5, 2021
Apart from my party member, AU Nok Hin, Tiffany Yuen, Fergus Leung, Alvin Yeung, Ventus Lau & Gary Fan have also been arrested so far, and counting. https://t.co/O47VEZxDoM
What's new: Police took some 50 people into custody on Wednesday morning local time.
- Former lawmakers Alvin Yeung, Lam Cheuk-ting, Andrew Wan and James To were among those arrested "on allegations of subversion," per Bloomberg.
- Police also arrested activist Ventus Lau over the 2020 legislative election primaries organized by pro-democracy groups, Bloomberg notes.
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