Pro-Democracy Activist Agnes Chow Arrested In Hong Kong

Chow was arrested under China’s controversial new national security law.

Sohil Nikam

August 11, 2020

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Prominent pro-democracy activist, Agnes Chow was arrested in Hong Kong on Monday under China’s new highly controversial national security law. “It’s now confirmed that Agnes Chow has been arrested for ‘inciting secession’ under the national security law,” Chow’s Facebook account said. She was among ten people arrested on Monday in a national security investigation. Chow’s popularity in Japan had led to #FreeAgnes trending in Japan following news of the arrest.

One of the most popular pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, Jimmy Lai was also arrested by the police recently. Lai is a media tycoon who owns the Apple Daily Express and the Next magazine, both publications that are known for their anti-Beijing commentary. Both these arrests came after Hong Kong’s decision to delay elections, a move that has garnered international condemnation. The country has experienced large scale unrest since China decided to impose severe restrictions on its democratic structure.

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