Police in Hong Kong charged dozens of opponents with “sabotage”, in the widest use so far of the new national security law.
Police reported that 47 people were accused of “conspiring to commit an act of sabotage,” one of the crimes covered by the National Security Law that was passed last year, after protests that rocked the city for months in 2019.
This represents the defendants, a very wide spectrum of local opposition from former deputies such as James Tu and Claudia Mo, academics, lawyers, social workers, and many young activists, according to the agency, “Agence France-Presse.”
While these accusations came after a month of a massive campaign, during which 55 people were arrested, including well-known figures in the “pro-democracy movement.”
It should be noted that the law deals with four types of crimes, which are sabotage, separation, terrorism, and collusion with foreign powers, and they are punishable by life imprisonment.
Source: “France Press”