Noted Hong Kong pro-democracy activist flees

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Law had quit the Demosisto party along with other prominent activists hours after China's approval of the national security law for Hong Kong. EPA-EFE/ALEX HOFFORD

Hong Kong Pro-democracy activist Nathan Law poses for photographers outside Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal shortly before his successful appeal hearing in Hong Kong, China, 06 February 2018 (reissued 03 July 2020). Law had quit the Demosisto party along with other prominent activists hours after China’s approval of the national security law for Hong Kong. EPA-EFE/ALEX HOFFORD According to media reports, on 02 July Law informed the press through a social media group that he had already left Hong Kong for an undisclosed location. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Noted Hong Kong pro-democracy activist flees

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08524070 (FILE) – Hong Kong Pro-democracy activist Nathan Law poses for photographers outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal shortly before his successful appeal hearing in Hong Kong, China, 06 February 2018 (reissued 03 July 2020). According to media reports, on 02 July Law informed the press through a social media group that he had already left Hong Kong for an undisclosed location.

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Based on risk assessment, I shall not reveal too much about my personal whereabouts and situation now”, Law said in a message to journalists. Law used the phrase “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times”, which was chanted by huge crowds and has become a symbol of the pro-democracy protests.  In 2016, he argued that the former British colony must be allowed a referendum on its future. “I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level. After China’s parliament passed the law on Wednesday, Hong Kong police made more than 180 arrests for illegal assembly and other offences, including violations of the new law. The new law aims to tackle subversion, terrorism, separatism and collusion with foreign forces, with punishments of up to life in prison. Nathan Law, one of Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activists, said Thursday he had fled overseas after the Chinese government imposed a security law on the city. He has said he does not want Hong Kong to become “just another Chinese city”. On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s government has announced that the slogan is illegal, because it “contains the indications of Hong Kong independence, or alienating Hong Kong from China, or changing its legal status, or subverting the state”. Law is a one-time student leader and local legislator who spent time in prison after 2014’s “Umbrella Protests”. Critics of the law say it effectively ends freedom of speech, and that it will be used to eliminate dissent and tighten Beijing’s control.

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