July 29, 2021

Nathan Law: Leading young democracy activist flees Hong Kong

One of Hong Kong’s most prominent young democracy activists has fled the territory after China imposed a sweeping, controversial security law.

Nathan Law, a one-time student leader and local legislator who spent time in prison after 2014’s “Umbrella Protests”, said he would continue his advocacy work from abroad.

“I think the movement is still pretty much alive,” he told the BBC.

Despite the high personal risk, he said “Hong Kong people will not give up”.

While activists say the new law erodes freedoms, Beijing has dismissed the criticism.

Hong Kong’s sovereignty was handed back to China by Britain in 1997 and certain rights were supposed to be guaranteed for at least 50 years under the “one country, two systems” agreement.

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