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Chinese Coast Guard nabs fleeing Hong Kong activists



PHOTO: Chris Tang, Hong Kong's Commissioner of Police, addresses a news conference in the territory on Tuesday -

Chinese authorities have captured and arrested around a dozen Hong Kong activists from Hong Kong who were attempting to leave the former British colony by speedboat. The incident shows the intensification of Beijing’s campaign to seek out protest leaders and those resisting the Communist Party’s tightening grip there. The arrests, made last. Sunday, are the first confirmed case of such activists being caught by Chinese authorities at sea.

At least 1 of the people onboard was an activist being investigated under the city’s new national security law, according to a source familiar with the incident. A second source said the group was trying to flee to Taiwan. Over the past year, more than 200 Hong Kong protesters and activists have sought refuge there.

The efforts to flee Hong Kong highlight the anxiety among activists as the Communist Party tightens its grip over the previously semiautonomous territory. Beijing imposed a sweeping security law on June 30 that punishes political crimes such as subversion with potentially lenghty prison sentences.

China’s Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday that it stopped a speedboat about 45 nautical miles southeast of Hong Kong Island on August 24. Officers detained “more than 10 people” suspected of illegally crossing the border, it said on its official social media page, without providing further details.

Among the people captured is Andy Li, a Hong Kong activist who helped organise a group of independent poll monitors from overseas for local elections last year. He had also travelled to Geneva and the United States to promote Hong Kong’s democracy movement.

Li was arrested in Hong Kong on August 10 as part of a broad police sweep that included Jimmy Lai, the prominent founder of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily. Li was later released on bail.

It was not immediately clear if Li and the others detained will face immigration charges in Guangdong province or be directly deported to Hong Kong.

The activists’ attempts to flee the city have, for many, evoked the memory of efforts to spirit dissidents out of China after the military’s deadly crackdown on protesters around Beijiing’s Tiananmen Square in in 1989. During the 1911 National Revolution and 1949’s Communist Revolution, as well as tumultuous earlier periods in China’s history, refugees escaped into Hong Kong through similarly dangerous routes.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Reuters


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  1. Phat-thai

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Tinge of bias and propaganda. why do you have to use the phrase “communist party” which sound odd. why can’t you just be normal and natural and say Chinese authority.
    You will not say Trump or US democratic republican party. Doesn’t that sounds odd.
    So in Western eyes Communist is bad and democracy is good. This is the kind of propaganda the west have being using in their media to deceive the world for more than 6 decades.

    • Preesy Chepuce

      Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Because the Chinese Communist Party is not normal, and you are a Chinese Communist propaganda stooge.
      Communism has always been bad, read some history about the mass genocide and economic destruction caused by it.

      The Communist party is not China, it’s just a bunch of fascist gangsters bullying people into submission.
      The Republic of China could be called the Chinese authorities.

      Nobody believes Chinese Communist party lies.

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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