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Hong Kong: Four members of pro-independence group arrested by police unit enforcing national security law

News Agencies | Updated on: 30 July 2020, 7:37 IST

Enforcing the draconian national security law, Hong Kong's new police unit arrested four student members of a pro-independence group, aged 16 to 21 on Wednesday, reported South China Morning Post.

This marked the first such crackdown on anti-government activists and also not at the scene of protests.


Senior Superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah of the National Security Department under the police force said the group had declared the establishment of a body to promote pro-independence political ideals "using any means possible" and build a "Republic of Hong Kong".Studentlocalism was a pro-independence group that was disbanded on June 30, hours before the Beijing-imposed national security law came into effect, reported South China Morning Post.

The draconian law is aimed at crushing dissent in the erstwhile British colony which saw massive pro-democracy protests last year.

The legislation, which came into effect ahead of July 1 punishes what Beijing terms secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference with up to life in prison. 

-ANI

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First published: 30 July 2020, 7:37 IST
 
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