Hong Kong police have recently arrested eleven people for allegedly helping pro-democracy advocates to flee the city under new national security law. The activists were caught trying to flee to Taiwan via speedboat last summer and were charged with illegally crossing the border and imprisoned, a move widely condemned internationally.
Families of those detained claim that they have been denied access to independent legal representation as concerns for treatment of activists at hands of the Chinese government increase.
More than 100 people have now been arrested under the new national security law, including Daniel Wong Kwok-tung, a lawyer who tried to help the twelve activists detained last summer and member of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party.
On top of increasing arrests of pro-democracy activists, the new law has other implications for life in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Broadband Network admitted that it had blocked an anti-government website in order to comply with the law, believed to be the first time it has been used to censor online content without involving the courts.
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