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Six democracy activists including US citizen wanted in Hong Kong, state media reports

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JUNE 19: Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to members of media during a press conference on June 19, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Wong announced to run in the opposition camp???s primaries of the Legislative Council elections. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

Hong Kong police have issued arrest warrants for six overseas-based democracy activists who are alleged to have breached the city's newly imposed national security law, according to Chinese state media.

Hong Kong (CNN)Hong Kong police have issued arrest warrants for six overseas-based democracy activists who are alleged to have breached the city's newly imposed national security law, according to Chinese state media.

The six include United States citizen and resident Samuel Chu and Nathan Law, a former Hong Kong lawmaker and prominent pro-democracy campaigner who fled the city and is now living in London, according to the report.

US national Chu, who is the managing director of the Hong Kong Democracy Council, a Washington DC-based advocacy group promoting freedom and autonomy for Hong Kong, appears to be the first non Hong Kong citizen to be targeted under the new security law.

Wong, who was granted asylum in Germany in 2018, said on his official Twitter account that he "no longer advocate(s)" for Hong Kong's independence from mainland China and has not said anything relating to independence since the implementation of the national security law on July 1.

The city's leader Lam and other Hong Kong officials have repeatedly said the law will "have no retrospective effect. "

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