47 Pro-Democratic Activists And Lawmakers Arrested On Conspiracy Charges in Hong Kong

47 pro-democratic activists and lawmakers were detained in Hong Kong under charges of conspiracy on Sunday.

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March 1, 2021

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47 Pro Democratic activists and lawmakers were arrested on Sunday in Hong Kong. The charges against them have been recorded as Subverting State power and conspiracy, and many of the activists’ mobile phones and computers have been seized during the process. All the detainees will appear before the court today.

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The 47 activists and lawmakers have been accused of being key conspirators behind the Pro-democratic movement and they have also been accused of conducting primary elections ahead of the Legislative elections that were to be conducted last year by the government of Hong Kong. The legislative election has been postponed by the government stating the COVID-19 restriction as the reason. The detainees have accused the government of using the pandemic as an excuse to evade the election as they might loose majority of the seats.

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John Clancey, American lawyer and the first foreigner to be arrested in relation to the Pro Democratic Movement said that he will continue to fight to build a better society based on human rights in Hong Kong.  Mike Lam, another Pro Democratic figure said,” I have been comforting my families these few days. I haven’t done anything wrong, I haven’t done anything illegal. Eventually if I was charged, and even jailed in the end, I have no qualms about what I have done.”

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More than 47 other pro-democratic activists were arrested by the Hong Kong police on January 6 of this year. Many have been denied bail by the court including media mogul Jimmy Lai.

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