Eleven people arrested in Hong Kong for helping activists flee to Taiwan



Lawyer Daniel Wong (D) is among those arrested in Hong Kong for helping a group of activists try to flee to Taiwan, in a November 2019 photo


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Lawyer Daniel Wong (D) is among those arrested in Hong Kong for helping a group of activists try to flee to Taiwan, in a November 2019 photo

Police arrested 11 people suspected of assisting a group of activists in an attempt to flee to Taiwan by boat on Thursday in Hong Kong.

“Eleven people were arrested by the service in charge of national security for ‘conspiracy with a view to helping criminals,” a senior police official told AFP.

This police officer confirmed that the detainees are suspected of having contributed, in August, in the attempted escape of 12 pro-democracy activists from Hong Kong.

These 12 militants, threatened in the former British colony for their involvement in the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations, were detained by the Chinese coastguard when they tried to flee to Taiwan.

Thursday’s arrests came eight days after a major raid on more than 50 Hong Kong opposition figures, detained in the name of Beijing’s draconian national security law in late June.

Among those arrested on Thursday was Daniel Wong, a lawyer who has specialized for years in the defense of human rights and known for being a fervent activist in the pro-democracy movement.

“The police in charge of national security arrived at my house at 0610 and for now I don’t know which police station they are taking me to,” Wong wrote on his Facebook account.

The 71-year-old is also the creator of a restaurant in Taipei that employs and helps Hong Kongers who fled to Taiwan.

Willis Ho, a former student leader, confirmed that his mother was among those arrested.

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