Hong Kong Arrest First Individuals on Charges Related to National Security Law

On May 28th, Hong Kong authorities arrested six individuals on charges of alleged sedition under Hong Kong’s new National Security Law (NSL).

The six individuals are the first to be arrested under the sedition clause of the NSL. The Hong Kong Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, said that the six were arrested due to connections they had with a Facebook group that urged support for detained barrister and human rights activist Chow Hang-tung.

The Hong Kong National Police released a statement saying that Chow allegedly wrote anonymous seditious posts on social media through the five individuals.

Specifically, the posts mentioned an “upcoming sensitive date” that the five used to incite hatred against the “central and Hong Kong governments and the judiciary.” The national police also said that posts aimed to incite netizens to “organize or participate in illegal activities at a later time.”