Therefore, according to reports from the London-based advocacy organization Friends of Hong Kong and local media, on Tuesday, Mr. Chung and four other Hong Kong activists tried to reach the US consulate in order to speed up the process.
According to a video taken by the South China Morning Post, Zhong, now 19, was arrested by several men and taken away before he reached the gate of the consulate. The other four people (according to the Friends of Hong Kong, including American citizens) briefly entered the consulate late that afternoon, but they refused to take refuge in the compound and were turned away.
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The scene highlighted the desperation of Hong Kong demonstrators and radicals, who feared political persecution and unfair trials. This also raises a question as to why the US consulate in Hong Kong refuses American citizens to seek help.
A spokesperson said that the State Department “cannot comment on our communications with American citizens” and mentioned privacy issues. The spokesperson added, “You can only apply for asylum after you arrive in the United States.”
In rare cases, the United States has protected Chinese militants in the US Embassy in Beijing, and the United States has rarely provided asylum in other diplomatic courts in the world.
Hong Kong police said they arrested three people between the ages of 19 and 21 on Tuesday and released two bailers, but they did not disclose their names. Police said a 19-year-old man is still in custody. The Hong Kong police refused to comment further on the asylum-seekers and instead forwarded the “Washington Post” to the Department of Security.
In response to a question from The Post, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong government stated that it “does not comment on media reports.” The spokesperson added: “Hong Kong citizens will be prosecuted for violating Hong Kong laws regardless of their political beliefs or background. “
The spokesman added: “There is no reason to provide so-called “political asylum” to Hong Kong citizens.
Friends of Hong Kong, who claimed to be defending “rights, freedom and democracy” in Hong Kong, said that Chung contacted the organization in October, hoping to seek asylum from the US government. The team talked with the “Post” on the condition that it did not find the other four who had taken refuge in the consulate. The post office could not contact them or Chung independently.
Arrested in July shortly after Beijing passed a new national security law in Hong Kong, which aims to end last year’s political unrest and street protests by penalizing broadly worded crimes (such as “terrorism” and “secession”) , And enrich their lives. prison. He and three other former student localization members of the group he helped find were accused of posting information on social media, advocating Hong Kong’s independence from China.
Zhong described his arrest as politically motivated.
The organization said on social media that the other four people who tried to enter the US consulate were not members of Studentlocalism. According to Friends of Hong Kong, which similarly helped them seek asylum, the other four people were arrested in connection with the anti-government protests in Hong Kong that began in June 2019, and all of them are about to be charged on various charges. Tried by the court. One of them is a US citizen.
The national security law and the fear it has caused among Hong Kong activists have prompted Western countries and Taiwan to formulate assistance programs and “lifeboat” policies for residents of financial centers who wish to flee.
Some countries including Germany, Australia, the United States and Canada have recently approved asylum applications from Hong Kong residents, which has angered Beijing.
Especially on this issue, the United States may further deteriorate its relations with China. Many activists are in favor of asylum in the United States, believing that the Trump administration has broadly supported the goals of the Hong Kong democracy movement after signing legislation that opens the door to sanctions for those who undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy.
In August, 11 Hong Kong and Chinese officials, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, became targets of restricting Hong Kong’s freedom and undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. President Trump has terminated Hong Kong’s special status so that it can be treated separately from mainland China.
In July, due to the escalating tensions between China and the United States, the United States was forced to close its consulate in Chengdu. The official Chinese newspaper Global Times warned in a tweet that if the US consulate in Hong Kong were to start providing asylum to Hong Kong residents from its location, it might face a similar fate. There is no indication that the US consulate in Hong Kong is processing asylum applications, and there are no plans to provide protection for Hong Kong activists.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing has few blocked Chinese activists, including astrophysicist and pro-democrat Fang Lizhi, who were allowed to travel to the UK in 1990 after working in the embassy for a year.