Hong Kong police have arrested four people, the youngest just 16, for suspected offences under the city’s new national security law, the first such detentions outside of street protests since the legislation took effect a month ago.
In a press conference shortly before midnight on Wednesday, a police spokesman said the three men and a woman, all students, were suspected of being involved in an online group that pledged to fight for an independent Hong Kong.
“We arrested for … subversions and for the organising and also the inciting [of] secession,” said Li Kwai-wah, police superintendent at the Hong Kong National Security Department.
“They wanted to unite all the independent groups in Hong Kong for the view to promote the independence of Hong Kong.”
Student Localism, a group that used to advocate independence, said in a statement that its former leader Tony Chung, 19, was among those arrested.