Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the offices of his flagship newspaper, the most high-profile case yet against democracy activists in the city under a national security law that has fueled U.S.-China tensions.
Lai was shown handcuffed as he was taken away by officers from his home on Monday morning, according to a live feed broadcast by his media network Next Digital Ltd. When a reporter asked Lai for his views on the arrest, he answered: “What views do I have? They want to arrest me.”
Police said that seven people ages 39 to 72 had been arrested on suspicion of “breaches” of the security legislation, with offenses including collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security. An investigation is underway, it said. While the force didn’t name any of the people arrested, Lai is 72 years old. Fortune