THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UDPATE. AP’s earlier story is beneath:
The primary individual to face trial below Hong Kong’s nationwide safety regulation pleaded not responsible Wednesday to fees of terrorism and inciting secession by driving a bike into cops whereas carrying a protest flag.
Tong Ying-kit was arrested on July 1, 2020, a day after the sweeping nationwide safety regulation took impact in response to large pro-democracy protests that challenged Beijing’s rule.
Tong was accused of driving into the gang of officers throughout a 2019 rally whereas bearing a flag with the slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our occasions.” A number of officers had been knocked over and three sustained accidents.
His trial will set the tone for a way Hong Kong handles nationwide safety offenses. Up to now, greater than 100 folks have been arrested below the safety regulation, together with distinguished pro-democracy activists similar to media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the writer of Apple Day by day.
Police on Wednesday arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of international collusion to hazard nationwide safety. In line with Apple Day by day, which cited unnamed sources, the person writes editorials for the paper below the pseudonym Li Ping.
The embattled pro-democracy paper final week noticed 5 of its high editors and executives arrested on the identical cost of international collusion. Authorities additionally searched the newspaper’s places of work and froze $2.3 million price of belongings from three corporations linked to Apple Day by day.