China Has Brought A Foreigner To Justice For The First Time In Connection With The Riots In Hong Kong
Department of state security of the Chinese city of Guangzhou (southern Guangdong province) has referred to the local people's Prosecutor's office in the case of a Belizean citizen, Lee Hanley, accused of sponsoring anti-government riots in Hong Kong last year. This was reported on Friday by the South China Morning Post newspaper.
According to the newspaper, he was the first foreigner brought to justice by the Chinese authorities for supporting unrest in this special administrative region of the PRC.
A businessman from Belize, Lee Hanley, was detained by Chinese law enforcement agencies on November 26 in Guangzhou. He is charged with long-term sponsorship of hostile elements located in America, as well as supporting riots in Hong Kong that threatened China's national security.
In June 2019, unrest broke out in Hong Kong against the intention of local authorities to pass an extradition bill allowing the extradition of offenders to mainland China. Despite the withdrawal of this legislative initiative, opposition supporters continued their anti-government protests, which were accompanied by roadblocks, violence, arson, and acts of vandalism. In total, the police detained 7.6 thousand rioters. Since mid-November, the situation in the city has normalized, the rallies went down and began to take place in a peaceful manner.