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US urges China to immediately release 12 Hong Kong fugitives who ‘fled tyranny’

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The United States called for the “immediate release” of a group of Hong Kong democracy activists facing trial in China on Monday, after they attempted to escape the territory by speedboat for sanctuary in Taiwan.

Ten of the so-called “Hong Kong 12” are due in court in the southern city of Shenzhen facing charges linked to an illegal border crossing. 

Police are pictured outside the Yantian District Detention Centre, where 12 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have been detained after they were arrested last August as they tried to flee Hong Kong to Taiwan by boat, ahead of their trial in China’s southeastern city of Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong, on December 28, 2020. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP.

Chinese authorities took them into custody after their boat was intercepted on August 23.

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