Thursday, January 21, 2021

Crackdown in Hong Kong continues as eight more people are arrested

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Hong Kong police has arrested eight more activists today, as the Chinese territory expanded a crackdown on the territory’s beleaguered opposition forces.

The police did not identify the people, saying only that they were aged between 24 and 64.

Report says a veteran activist Leung Kwok-hung, known as Long Hair, was among them, while a post on the Twitter account of former legislator Eddie Chu said he too had been arrested.

The arrests come a day after eight people aged between 16 and 34 were detained over a protest they held on a university campus last month.

Three of them were picked up on suspicion of violating the national security law, a sweeping legislation that was imposed by Beijing on June 30.

Opposition politicians and Western governments fear the law is being used to suppress dissent and erode the wide-ranging freedoms guaranteed to Hong Kong when it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 after more than a century as a British colony.