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Hong Kong publisher, leading pro-democracy figure arrested in new crackdown

Media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been a thorn in the side of China during the Hong Kong unrest. He was arrested under a new national security law criticized by the U.S.

Published: August 9, 2020 10:53pm

Updated: August 10, 2020 1:16pm

Jimmy Lai, a prominent publisher and pro-democracy leader in Hong Kong, was arrested Monday on charges of foreign collusion under a new national security law sharply criticized by the United States.

The 71-year-old founder of the Apple Daily outlet and a longtime antagonist of communist China was taken in custody as police raided his newsroom seeking documents. Lai was already facing other charges related to his organization of protests last year, but the new counts sent shockwaves through Hong Kong.

Lai's arrest was part of a larger police operation. Hong Kong law enforcement officials said at least seven people aged 39 to 72 had been arrested on suspicion of collusion with foreign forces against national security, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

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