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Hong Kong security law

Hong Kong squeezes activists in exile by interrogating relatives

Activists say strategy is straight out of Communist Party playbook

Chinese and Hong Kong flags outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong in July: The U.S. has slammed what it sees as local authorities' "harassment" of dissidents' family members.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong authorities have been detaining and questioning family members of democracy activists living in exile, adopting tactics considered a hallmark of the Chinese Communist Party.

National security officers in recent weeks have taken in Hong Kong-based relatives of several activists, questioning them for hours. The activists are among a list of eight subject to bounties of up to 1 million Hong Kong dollars ($127,550) per person. Police say the activists violated national security by lobbying for sanctions against local officials.

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