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Hong Kong starts new year with heightened crackdown on dissent

Agnes Chow in maximum-security prison; Ted Hui on the run in UK

HONG KONG -- Bundled up in seven layers of clothing, pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow tries to buoy her spirits in a maximum-security prison here by reading letters from supporters.

Chow, serving her seven-month sentence on charges of illegal assembly, was moved to the Tai Lam Center for Women at the end of last year. Hong Kong media cited her continuing influence on the pro-democracy movement as a reason for the transfer.

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