'Life in danger': Hong Kong independence advocate decries police pressure

United Kingdom (United Kingdom) (AFP) – A few days before Christmas, Hong Kong activist Tony Chung boarded a flight to Okinawa, Japan, carrying nothing but a backpack — his casual appearance a ruse to hide plans to seek political asylum in the UK. Modified: 30/12/2023 – 07:09 4 min Tony Chung was among the youngest people in Hong Kong to be convicted under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing Chung was among the youngest people in Hong Kong to be convicted under a sweeping national security law imposed by Beijing, and had finished serving time six months before. Fresh out of prison, he found that he remained under the thumb of the authorities, particularly the national security police, who pressed him to become an informant and take a trip with them to China. “Not only do they completely control my life and interfere with it, their actions affect my personal safety and put my life in danger,” Chung, 22, told AFP in an interview from Britain on Friday. Taking HK$40,000 ($5,100) with him, Chung left Hong Kong last week after he promised his overseers he would come back after a short vacation. Once in Okinawa, he bought a ticket for London. Chung is among a growing list of Hong Kong activists who have sought refuge overseas, as city officials and Beijing vow to hold them accountable. He wrote a long public post on Facebook detailing his escape after landing at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, a move that turned him into a fugitive in the eyes of the Hong Kong government. On Friday, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the UK urged Britain to “bring (Chung) to justice as soon as possible and repatriate him to Hong Kong”. Asked if he felt safe, Chung said the UK […]

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