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Mass Arrests of 53 Opposition Figures in Hong Kong Draw International Criticism

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Mass Arrests of 53 Opposition Figures in Hong Kong Draw International Criticism

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This article has been updated. Hong Kong police arrested 53 pro-democracy activists, former lawmakers, and politicians on Jan. 6, in local authorities’ largest clampdown on the city’s opposition camp since a draconian security law went into effect. They were apprehended for their roles in a primary election held by the pan-democracy camp ahead of the Legislative Council (LegCo) elections in September last year. The arrestees are mostly male and aged 23 to 64, police said. Six were placed in custody under suspicion of organizing and planning criminal activities to subvert state power, while the other 47 were arrested for involvement in such activities. Both are punishable offenses under the new national security law imposed by Beijing, which penalizes vaguely-defined crimes such as subversion and secession with a maximum of life imprisonment. Police have also frozen HKD1.6 million ($206,364) worth of assets related to the case. The primary elections, organized by …

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