Hong Kong Police Arrest Man Believed to Be Student Activist Tony Chung

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    A video emerged on Tuesday which is believed to show Hong Kong police arresting Tony Chung, the former leader of pro-independence student group Studentlocalism. Three members of the Studentlocalism group were arrested on Tuesday under the city’s new national security law on suspicion of publishing content on social media platforms inciting secession. Chung was arrested near the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong, according to a police official who is unauthorized to speak to media. Former members William Chan and Yanni Ho were also arrested while reporting to police stations. The arrests of the three were confirmed on the now-disbanded Studentlocalism’s Facebook page. The three had previously been arrested under the national security law in July, on charges of inciting secession. Studentlocalism was a student group in the city which advocated localism, and aimed to set up a “Republic of Hong Kong”. Hong Kong, a former British colony, was handed over to China in 1997 and now runs as a semi-autonomous Chinese city under the “one country, two systems” framework that allows Hong Kong certain freedoms not found on the mainland. In June, the group announced that it was ceasing activities in the city in light of the national security legislation. The Hong Kong police force did not immediately respond to comment on the arrests. The national security law in Hong Kong, which was imposed by Beijing and took effect on June 30, is widely seen as a means to curb dissent after anti-government protests rocked the semi-autonomous city for months last year. The legislation outlaws secessionist, subversive and terrorist acts, as well as collusion with foreign forces in the city’s internal affairs. The maximum punishment for serious offenders is life imprisonment. Others who have been arrested under the legislation include media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who founded the pro-democracy tabloid Apple Daily, as well as prominent pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow.

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