I bade my city farewell: Hong Kong activist Nathan Law flees to undisclosed location

WION Web Team Hong Kong Jul 03, 2020, 10.36 AM(IST)

Nathan Law flees Hong Kong Photograph:( AFP )

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Nathan Law, who one of the most prominent activists in the pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong since last year, cited 'unknown dangers' as the reason behind his decision.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law has fled the country to an undisclosed location, just days after China imposed the national security law, reports said.

Law, who one of the most prominent activists in the pro-democracy protests taking place in Hong Kong since last year, cited "unknown dangers" as the reason behind his decision.

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The former member of Demosisto, the pro-democracy party which was disbanded after the national security law was imposed, posted a detailed thread on Twitter handle to announce the move.

In a short English message to journalists, Law said: "I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level." 

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He declined to say which country he had gone to.

"Based on risk assessment, I shall not reveal too much about my personal whereabouts and situation now," his message stated.

The revelation Law had left the city came as the local government released a statement confirming that a popular protest slogan used over the last year has now become illegal under Beijing's new law.

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"Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times" had become a clarion call for pro-democracy protesters over the last year, chanted by huge crowds and plastered on banners.

In a statement, Hong Kong's government said the phrase was now illegal because it "contains the indications of Hong Kong independence, or alienating Hong Kong from China, or changing its legal status, or subverting the state".

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On Wednesday, the first arrests were made under the legislation, mainly for protesters found in possession of pro-independence flags or stickers.

Law was a founding member of Demosisto, a pro-democracy party that disbanded earlier this week in response to the security law.

China had unveiled a national security law this week which Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and the West say breaches the "one country, two systems" principle enshrined in the 1984 Sino-British treaty that guaranteed the autonomy of Hong Kong.