UK govt calls for release of Hong Kong democracy campaigners

LONDON: The British government on Thursday called on Hong Kong to end prosecution under the National Security Act and release 14 pro-democracy activists found guilty of subversion. “We call on the Hong Kong authorities to end the prosecution of the NSL and release all individuals charged under it,” Junior Foreign Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said in a statement. Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, but has become increasingly critical of Beijing’s influence over its former colony, accusing it of breaking its promise to protect democratic freedoms.

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