American Lawyer John Clancey Among 53 Arrested in Hong Kong Under National Security Law

American lawyer John Clancey walks out of a building as he is taken away by police officers in Hong Kong, China January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Lam Yik

American human rights lawyer John Clancey was among 53 people busted in Hong Kong on Wednesday for allegedly violating the new national security law.

The group of former lawmakers and democracy proponents were accused by Hong Kong’s security minister John Lee of trying to paralyze the government by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory’s legislature last year.

“The operation today targets the active elements who are suspected to be involved in the crime of overthrowing, or interfering (and) seriously destroy the Hong Kong government’s legal execution of duties,” Lee said at a news conference.

He said the arrestees were plotting to gain a majority of the seats in the legislature to create a situation in which the chief executive had to resign and the government would stop functioning.

Footage of Clancey following his arrest circulated on Twitter, showing him walking with a cane and telling the Hong Kong people, “Continue to work for democracy and human rights in Hong Kong” before he was whisked away in a car by police.

Clancey was the treasurer of the political group Power for Democracy, which was involved in the unofficial primaries.

Also busted were at least seven members of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, the city’s largest opposition party, including former party chairman Wu Chi-wai. Former lawmakers Lam, Helena Wong and James To were also arrested, according to the party’s Facebook page.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lia Eustachewich

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