On monday, Hong Kong police issued arrest warrants for eight pro-democracy activists based overseas. They are: Nathan Law, Anna Kwok, Finn Lau, Dennis Kwok, Ted Hui, Mung Siu-tat, and Yuan Gong-yi. The police have placed a bounty of HK$1million ($127,656) on the heads of each of the activists, in addition to freezing their assets.
Voices for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong have come under increasingly aggressive persecution by the CCP. Under the weaponized national security law imposed in 2020, vague statutes relating to “terrorism,” “national security,” and “foreign collusion” have enabled the government to ruthlessly target activists.
Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee stated that the government would pursue the activists “to the ends of the earth” and that unless they surrender, they will “be wanted for life and have to live in fear and worry daily that they may be arrested.” The reaction from the police is a testament to the impact activists in the diaspora can have in mobilizing foreign support for the rights of Hong Kongers. The WLC stands with these and all activists who have been persecuted, jailed, tortured, or killed for dreaming of a Hong Kong free from tyranny and oppression.