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1st person charged under Hong Kong's new security law

23-year-old man accused of crashing motorcycle into police officers, carrying 'independence' flag

Islam Uddin   | 03.07.2020
1st person charged under Hong Kong's new security law

ANKARA 

A 23-year-old man in Hong Kong was booked for terrorism and secessionist activities on Friday, becoming the first person charged under the new security law enforced this week, local media reported.

Tong Ying-kit is accused of crashing a motorcycle into a group of police officers during protests on Wednesday, according to Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).

He was allegedly carrying a flag with pro-independence slogans, the public broadcaster reported.

Tong was arrested during demonstrations on July 1, the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China.

A court in West Kowloon heard the case on Friday and was told by prosecutors that the man had committed a terrorist act.

Tong is currently hospitalized and did not attend the hearing, which was adjourned until July 6, when he is expected to be discharged from the medical facility.

The new security law was unanimously passed by China’s National People’s Congress on Tuesday and then signed into law by President Xi Jinping.

It has drawn criticism within Hong Kong and in the international community, which Beijing has dismissed as “foreign intervention.”

Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous region that has been part of China since 1997, when the UK handed over the former colony to Beijing.

Since last year, it has witnessed widespread protests sparked by a move to legalize extradition of people to mainland China.

* Writing by Islamuddin Sajid

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