Leading HK democracy activist says he is in London

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Leading HK democracy activist says he is in London


Nathan Law, seen here in Hong Kong

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Nathan Law has said he fears being imprisoned by Beijing if he returns to Hong Kong

One of Hong Kong’s most prominent young pro-democracy activists says he is in London after fleeing the territory following a sweeping, controversial security law imposed there by China.

“I boarded my night flight… My destination: London,” Nathan Law wrote on Twitter, a week and a half after saying he had left Hong Kong.

He said he had spoken with reporters and was living in a “little apartment”.

Activists say that China’s new law erodes Hong Kong’s freedoms.

But Beijing has dismissed the criticism, saying that the law is necessary to stop the type of pro-democracy protests seen in Hong Kong during much of 2019.

Mr Law is a one-time student leader who rose to prominence during mass protests in 2014.

He was also a local legislator who co-founded the Demosisto Party with another well-known activist, Joshua Wong. The party disbanded when China imposed the new law.

It is not clear from his social media posts on Monday when he arrived in the UK.

What did Nathan Law post on social media?

Writing on social media, Mr Law said that he faced “many uncertainties”, but had made the decision to leave Hong Kong “in the face of political upheaval”.

“We don’t even know if our next protest, next court hearing, will be followed by imprisonment,” he said, adding that he had put himself in “danger”. “I’ve kept a low profile on my whereabouts in order to mitigate the risks.”

In one post, which appeared to include a aerial photo of London from the window of a passenger plane, he said he had a message for Hong Kongers: “We aren’t fractured. On the contrary

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