Arrested on suspicion of violating Hong Kong National Security And Maintenance Act, first at 6:38 a.m. on July 30, outside the scene of a protest
Hong Kong police have arrested four men and women, including former members of Hong Kong’s independence group, on suspicion of violating the Hong Kong National Security Maintenance Act, including fueling a country split. This is the first time this law has been applied outside of the scene of the protest, and attention will be paid to what criminal proceedings will be taken in the future.
Hong Kong police said Friday night that they had arrested four men and women between the ages of 16 and 21 on suspicion of violating the Hong Kong National Security Maintenance Act, including 19- year-old Former Head of the Student Dynamic Source, an independent group in Hong Kong.
Police say the four men were involved in the launch of a new organization earlier this month, and through social media, they called for a rally of those who advocated the founding and independence of the “Republic of Hong Kong” and a thorough battle.
The “Student Dynamic Source” was established in 2016 and has advocated independence in Hong Kong, but in line with the enforcement of the law, it was revealed at the end of last month that it would dissolve its Hong Kong organization and work overseas.
It is the first time that an activist has been arrested in a police spy investigation though there was a case where it was arrested on the spot for carrying the flag which read “Hong Kong independence” in the middle of the protest after the law came into force.
It is said that the four men will be examined by a new specialized department inside the police, but there are many parts that are not clear about the operation of this law, and attention will be paid to what criminal procedures will be taken in the future.