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Pro-democracy tycoon in Hong Kong arrested

Hong Kong: Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai was arrested for suspected collusion with foreign forces, his aide informed on Monday.

Mr Lai was arrested under the controversial national security law imposed by China in June, for collusion with foreign powers,” a BBC report said.

Hong Kong’s authorities have so far made no public comments on the issue. Mr Lai had been supporting the pro-democracy protests that erupted in Hong Kong last year.

In February, the businessman was charged with illegal assembly and intimidation, but was later granted bail.
The new security law for Hong Kong makes it easier to punish protesters, and reduces the city’s autonomy, and curtails protest and freedom of speech.

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