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UK grants asylum to ex-staffer at its Hong Kong consulate

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A former employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong has been granted political asylum in what he believes is the first successful U.K. asylum case from the former British colony.
Simon Cheng, who alleges that he was detained and tortured in China last year, told The Associated Press that he hopes his successful application encourages other democracy activists from the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to seek protection in the U.K. as Beijing clamps down on the city's protest movement.
Cheng, 29, also said that while he is relieved asylum was granted, he remains worried “they will take...
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Hong Kong man accused of terrorism in first use of new China security law

Hong Kong man accused of terrorism in first use of new China security law

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A man carrying a “Liberate Hong Kong” sign as he drove a motorcycle into police at a protest against the territory's Chinese rulers became on Friday the first person charged with inciting separatism and terrorism under a new security law.
Beijing imposed the legislation on the former British colony earlier this week despite protests from Hong Kongers and Western nations, setting China's freest city and a major financial hub on a more authoritarian track.
Critics say the law - which punishes crimes of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in...
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Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners are planning a 'parliament in exile' as activists delete their social media and flee China's new security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners are planning a 'parliament in exile' as activists delete their social media and flee China's new security law

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A prominent Hong Kong activist says he is planning a "parliament in exile" after China imposed an ominous national security law.
Simon Cheng, a campaigner and former British consulate employee in Hong Kong, told Reuters "a shadow parliament can send a very clear signal to Beijing."
The security law gives China new powers to arrest and deport dissenters in Hong Kong. It followed a year of pro-democracy protests.
In response, activists have deleted their social media, disbanded political groups, and even fled the country.
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