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Hong Kong pro-independence activist jumps bail, flees ahead of national security law


Hong Kong pro-independence activist Wayne Chan has jumped bail and fled the city, citing concerns that a large group of political figures could be arrested and prosecuted under soon-to-be-passed national security legislation.

Chan, convenor of the Hong Kong Independence Union, announced on Facebook on Sunday that he had left the city. He was on bail awaiting trial on charges connected to allegedly participating in an unlawful assembly during an anti-extradition bill demonstration in Wan Chai last June 10.

Independence activist Wayne Chan Ka-kui. Photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

Chan said Hong Kong would face a “historic decay” soon, referring to Beijing’s resolution to implement laws to punish acts that it deems a threat to national security. The proposed legislation that criminalises secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city is likely to be voted and passed at China’s legislature meeting, which will conclude on Tuesday.

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