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Hong Kong Police Arrest Activist Said to Seek U.S. Asylum

The Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old activist external

Hong Kong Police Arrest Activist Said to Seek U.S. Asylum

The Hong Kong police on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old activist external the United States consulate just as he was about to seek asylum, according to an advocacy group.

The activist, Tony Chung, had previously been arrested in July under a national security law imposed on the city by Beijing earlier this year. He was accused of posting a message on social media about a new following party that called for Hong Kong’s independence from China. Mr. Chung has denied writing it.

Mr. Chung had been planning to enter the consulate and ask for protection when he was arrested at a coffee shop crossways the street, said Friends of Hong Kong, an activist group based in Britain that said it was helping Mr. Chung.

The South China Morning Post posted a video that appeared to show Mr. Chung being led away by a group of men in plain dress near the consulate. A consulate lecturer said he had no immediate comment.

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