Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, who was arrested Monday under the nation’s new national security law, urged young protesters to “be more vigilant” in the battle ahead.
Lai, who owns The Applied Daily, one of the most widely read newspapers in Hong Kong, is one of the most prominent figures imprisoned in a broader crackdown on dissidents. ants.
Nine other people – including Lai’s two sons – were arrested on Monday on charges of collusion with foreign countries, according to national security laws that China implemented in June, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Lai was released on bail early on Wednesday. After his release, the BBC told the BBC that his arrest was “just the beginning.”
“When I was detained, I couldn’t sleep,” Lai said, “I’m thinking, if I knew it would happen to me now, [with] more difficult [on the way]Would I do the same thing?
Lai said he has no regrets about his actions but warned young protesters to “be more cautious in our resistance to defend the rule of law and our freedom.”
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“We have to be more careful and creative in [our] protest … we cannot be as radical as before – especially the young – for being more radical [we are] Lai said. “We have to really use our mind and patience, because this is a long battle.”
Lai’s arrest has stirred up democracy activists. On Tuesday, scores lined up at newsstands across the city to buy that same newspaper, handing out HK $ 10 ($ 1.25) a copy in an effort to help Apple Daily – and freedom of the press – exists.
The mass arrests have raised fears that new national security laws will be used to crack down on dissidents in Hong Kong after months of anti-government protests that have rocked leaders into city and central government in Beijing last year.
Police have expanded the use of the law since it went into effect six weeks ago, first arresting protesters with allegedly infringing slogans and then activists via live posts. online.
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The Apple Daily, known for its celebrity coverage and condemnation of China’s authoritarian rule, still defies, printing 350,000 copies – five times the regular print volume – after the police. leave Next Digital and tell the employee they can get back to work.
Associated Press contributed to this report.