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Hong Kong Police Offer Cash Bounties for Exiled Activists

Hong Kong Police Offer Cash Bounties for Exiled Activists

Hong Kong Police Offer Cash Bounties for Exiled Activists

Hong Kong Police Offer Cash Bounties for Exiled Activists

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  • Hong Kong Police Offer Cash Bounties for Exiled Democracy Activists.
  • US and UK Condemn Hong Kong’s $1 Million Bounties on Democracy Advocates.
  • Defiant Exiled Activists Vow to Continue Amid Hong Kong’s Crackdown.
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Hong Kong police have placed HK$1 million ($128,000) bounties on five democracy activists living in self-imposed exile, drawing condemnation from the United States and the United Kingdom. The individuals targeted include US citizen Joey Siu, Frances Hui (granted asylum in the US), Johnny Fok, Tony Choi, and Simon Cheng, all accused of committing crimes endangering national security.

This action follows a similar move in July when Hong Kong police offered cash bounties for eight other self-exiled activists who continue to speak out against what they perceive as Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong’s freedoms. The activists now reside in countries such as the US, Canada, Britain, and Australia, all of which have suspended their extradition treaties with Hong Kong due to concerns over the national security law enacted in 2020.

Chief Superintendent Steve Li of the Hong Kong police national security department claimed that the activists had betrayed Hong Kong by calling for independence and advocating for international sanctions against Hong Kong and mainland Chinese officials. Li accused them of ignoring the interests of the Hong Kong people and engaging in acts endangering national security even after fleeing overseas.

The targeted activists, however, remain defiant, vowing to continue speaking out. Joey Siu declared on social media, “I will never be silenced, I will never back down.” Frances Hui reiterated that her advocacy for democracy and freedom will persist.

The move by Hong Kong authorities drew strong rebukes from Washington and London. The US Department of State condemned the “egregious actions” and emphasized that Hong Kong authorities have no jurisdiction within the United States borders. British Foreign Secretary David Cameron called for urgent discussions with Hong Kong and Chinese authorities, stating that any attempt to intimidate, harass, or harm individuals or communities in the UK is a threat to democracy and human rights.

Critics argue that Hong Kong’s national security law, which criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign powers, has been used to suppress the city’s opposition movement, overhaul its electoral system, silence media, and stifle civil society. The Hong Kong government, however, maintains that the law has helped restore stability in the city following mass pro-democracy protests.

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