Protests continue in Hong Kong against the controversial national security law. Reuters has reported to local media that more than 50 pro-democracy activists have been arrested in Hong Kong protesting against the controversial national security law.
Let us know that in December, Hong Kong media businessman Jimmy Lai was detained under charges related to forgery and national security. But he was granted bail a few days later. An outspoken advocate of democracy in Hong Kong, Lai was charged with forgery on December 3 for allegedly violating the terms of the lease for the office of his media company, Next Digital. Later on 12 December he was charged under the National Security Act for colluding with foreign forces and weakening national security.
As per the bail conditions, Lai will not go out of his house and inform the police before going out. Restrictions have also been imposed on meeting officials of other countries. He will also not be able to write articles for the newspaper, website and will not be able to give interviews. He has also been asked to hand over his travel documents to the court.
The Hong Kong police have arrested several pro-democracy activists, including Lai, over the past few months. Action against activists in Hong Kong has intensified since the National Security Act was enacted in China’s semi-autonomous region in June last year.
In Hong Kong, China enacted the National Security Act after demonstrations intensified in support of democracy and demanding more rights. These performances began in June 2019. Earlier this month, Hong Kong arrested and jailed pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Agnesh Cho for their roles in demonstrations outside police headquarters last year.