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Tony Chung : First Arrests under new Security Law in Hong Kong

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The former leader of a student group in Hong Kong has been arrested – 19-year-old Tony Chung is accused of attempting to separate Hong Kong from China.

For the first time several activists in Hong Kong have been arrested under the controversial new security law according to media reports. Former student leader Tony Chung and three of his fellow campaigners have been detained on charges of seeking independence from China, according to local media reports.

19-year-old Chung was arrested at home by police officers from China.

All those arrested are between 16 and 21 years old.

In a television report, former fellow campaigners from Chung reported that the police had taken trash from his home.

The new law passed in June, which has been heavily criticized in western countries, punishes separatism, terrorism and cooperation with a foreign powers.

It also allows Chinese security forces to be deployed in the former British crown colony. Hong Kong has been part of China again since 1997 , but is managed according to the “one country, two systems” principle with its own rules for business and politics.

Critics now fear an end to this principle, that granted citizens more rights than in mainland China.

Great Britain and its Anglo-Saxon partners the US, Canada and New Zealand have ended their extradition agreements with Hong Kong because of the security law. The United States  imposed sanctions on China . China responded with countermeasures .

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