American lawyer arrested by Hong Kong police in nationwide safety crackdown

Hong Kong police have 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 a sweeping crackdown.

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

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

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

Clancey is the treasurer of Power for Democracy, which was involved in an unofficial, independently organised vote in July 2020 to select opposition candidates for a since-postponed legislative election.

Earlier on Wednesday, police arrested dozens of pro-democracy activists linked to that vote, intensifying a crackdown on the movement since the security legislation was imposed on the city in June last year.

The source at the law firm based in the heart of the global financial centre confirmed Clancey is an American passport holder.

Footage posted online showed police officers arriving at the law firm which has represented several opposition figures in the Chinese-ruled city.

With Reuters

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