Lawyer, others arrested under Hong Kong's new security law

Police officers stand guard outside office of District councillor and lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung

Police officers stand guard outside office of District councillor and lawyer Daniel Wong Kwok-tung

Police did not immediately comment on the arrests.

The fresh wave of arrests comes a week after police arrested 55 pro-democracy activists under the new national security law, the largest move against Hong Kong's democracy movement since the law was imposed by Beijing last June to quell dissent in the semi-autonomous territory.

Those arrested are suspected of helping the 12 Hong Kong youth who were detained at sea by mainland Chinese authorities while attempting to sail to Taiwan last August.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the latest in a slew of sanctions imposed in the final days of his term and following political violence in Washington, called the crackdown in Hong Kong "appalling".

Willis Ho, a former student leader, confirmed her mother was among those arrested.

At least 90 people have been arrested since the law's enactment, including US-born human rights lawyer John Clancey, prominent activist Joshua Wong and pro-democracy media mogul Jimmy Lai.

Last month, 10 of those detained at sea were sentenced to prison in Shenzhen for illegally crossing the border, with sentences ranging between seven months to three years.

Two teenagers were returned to Hong Kong to face charges including attempted arson and possession of offensive weapons.

The security law criminalizes acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign powers to intervene in the city's affairs.

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"Naomi Chan hereby denounces ISPs that cooperate with the Chinese and Hong Kong government to restrict the citizens' right and freedom to access information", Chan said in a post on HKChronicles dated January 7.

The provider said it disabled access to the website in compliance with the requirement issued under the national security law.

HKChronicles, which is still available overseas and in Hong Kong through virtual private networks, is a controversial site.

HKFP noted that pro-Beijing forces in Hong Kong take particular "delight" in comparing the Capitol incident with the July 1, 2019, storming of Hong Kong's legislature by pro-democracy demonstrators.

"We condemn PRC actions that erode Hong Kong's freedoms and democratic processes and will continue to use all tools at our disposable to hold those responsible to account", Pompeo said in a statement.

Similar websites doxxing pro-democracy supporters also exist.

But semi-autonomous Hong Kong remains outside that firewall, a crucial component of its status as an global business hub.

About 100 people have been arrested under the security legislation so far, with some activists saying their phones have been checked or confiscated by authorities.

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