American lawyer arrested by Hong Kong police in nationwide safety crackdown | Hong Kong

Hong Kong police arrested an American lawyer under the city’s national security law, according to multiple sources, hours after authorities arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists as part of an all-out crackdown.

John Clancey, chairman of the Asian Human Rights Commission and a member of a group affiliated with democracy protesters, was arrested when police raided the law firm Ho, Tse, Wai & Partners, a source from his law firm told Reuters.

The Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK also reported that Clancey had been arrested and the offices were raided by police.

The Hong Kong police did not respond to a request for comment.

Clancey is the treasurer of Power for Democracy, who participated in an informal, independently organized vote in July 2020 to select opposition candidates for a parliamentary election that has since been postponed.

Earlier on Wednesday, police arrested dozens of democracy activists linked to the vote, which has tightened crackdown on the movement since security laws were imposed on the city last June.

The source for the law firm in the heart of the global financial center confirmed that Clancey is an American passport holder.

The footage released online showed police officers arriving at the law firm representing several opposition figures in the China-ruled city.

With Reuters

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