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Nine arrested for assisting 12 activists escape Hong Kong

(Photo of pro-Hong Kong independence protest 2020, Credit: Studio Incendo)

Nine people have been arrested by Hong Kong police under suspicion of assisting 12 activists that attempted to escape Hong Kong in August.

Those arrested, who range in age from 27 to 72, are suspected of “funding, providing a boat, providing transportation, and also providing accommodation before they (the 12 activists) abscond(ed) from Hong Kong,” said Ho Chun-tung, the Senior Superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau.

He added that cash, computers and mobile phones were also seized.

On August 23rd the 12 Hong Kong activists trying to get to Taiwan were detained in China. And were eventually formally arrested for a myriad of charges including crossing the border illegally and activities linked to pro-democracy protests in 2019.

After Beijing imposed a National Security Law passed in June, Taiwan has offered itself as a sanctuary to Hong Kong activists.

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