Hong Kong Teen Activist Detained Near US Consulate: Reports
Sumaira FH 28 days ago Tue 27th October 2020 | 02:17 PM
A young Hong Kong activist who was among the first arrested under Beijing's new national security law was detained on Tuesday close to the US consulate, local media and activists reported
Hong Kong, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Oct, 2020 ) :A young Hong Kong activist who was among the first arrested under Beijing's new national security law was detained on Tuesday close to the US consulate, local media and activists reported.
Student Localism, a pro-independence group that Chung was once associated with before the security law came in, posted on Facebook on Tuesday saying the teenager was "missing".
The group added two other former members were arrested by police on Tuesday.
A previously unknown group calling itself "Friends of Hong Kong" sent a statement to media on Tuesday morning saying its members had been trying to arrange for Chung to make an asylum application via the US consulate.
"Our plan was for him to enter the consulate office today," a member of the group, who asked not to be named, told AFP.
AFP was not able to independently verify the group's claim that it was helping Chung make an asylum application.
Its statement said members witnessed four men walk into the coffee shop opposite the consulate at 8:15 am and detain Chung.
Dashcam footage obtained by AFP from a car parked opposite the building at that time showed three men wearing surgical masks escorting another man in a dark t-shirt who appears to have his hands behind his back.
Calls to Chung's phone went unanswered on Tuesday.
Hong Kong police and the US consulate did not respond to enquiries seeking information.
It targets four types of crime -- secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion.
Chung was the first public figure to be arrested under the law.
Student Localism says its Hong Kong chapter disbanded before the security law was enacted and that its activists are now based overseas.