Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents charged with security crime

HONG KONG: Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents were charged with subversion on Sunday in the largest use yet by police of Beijing’s sweeping new national security law, as authorities seek to cripple the finance hub’s democracy movement. Last month 55 of the city’s best-known democracy campaigners were arrested in a series of dawn raids. On Sunday, police confirmed 47 of them had now been charged with one count each of “conspiracy to commit subversion” — one of the new national security crimes — and would appear in court on Monday morning. Beijing is battling to stamp out dissent in semi-autonomous …

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