HONG KONG — Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the writer’s headquarters Monday within the highest-profile use but of the brand new nationwide safety legislation Beijing imposed on the town after protests final 12 months.
“Jimmy Lai is being arrested for collusion with overseas powers presently,” Mark Simon wrote on Twitter.
Hong Kong police mentioned seven individuals between 39 and 72 years outdated had been arrested on suspicion of violating the brand new safety legislation, however the assertion didn’t reveal the names of these arrested.
Lai, 71, owns in style tabloid Apple Day by day and is an outspoken pro-democracy determine in Hong Kong who commonly criticizes China’s authoritarian rule.
The safety legislation got here into impact June 30 and is extensively seen as a method to curb dissent after anti-government protests rocked Hong Kong final 12 months.
Simon mentioned that police searched each Lai and his son’s dwelling, and detained a number of different members of media group Subsequent Digital, which Lai based.
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Over 100 police additionally raided Subsequent Digital’s headquarters in Hong Kong, coming into the newsroom and looking out the desks. Simon mentioned in a tweet that the police have been executing a search warrant.
Subsequent Digital operates the Apple Day by day tabloid, which Lai based in 1995, forward of Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China. Like Lai, Apple Day by day has a powerful pro-democracy stance and sometimes urged its readers to participate in pro-democracy protests.
The safety legislation outlaws secessionist, subversive and terrorist acts, in addition to collusion with overseas forces within the metropolis’s inner affairs. The utmost punishment for critical offenders is life imprisonment.
Final month, Chinese language broadcaster CCTV mentioned pro-democracy activist Nathan Legislation and 5 others have been wished below the legislation, though all six had fled abroad. Legislation had relocated to Britain in July to proceed worldwide advocacy work for Hong Kong.