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Hong Kong Arrests 90-Year-Old Cardinal in Wider Crackdown

  • Move comes shortly after John Lee was picked as city leader
  • Arrests prompt rebuke from White House on free speech issues
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WATCH: Hong Kong’s national security police detained 4 prominent democracy activists, including Cardinal Joseph Zen and singer Denise Ho. All 4 were released on bail pending an investigation, according to a police statement Wednesday.Source: Quicktake by Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s national security police detained four prominent democracy activists on Wednesday, including a senior member of the Catholic church, prompting condemnation from the U.S. and “extreme attention” from the Vatican.

Those arrested included 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, former lawmaker and barrister Margaret Ng, 74, and Canto-pop singer Denise Ho for allegations of colluding with foreign forces, according to local media reports. All four were released on bail pending an investigation, according to a police statement late Wednesday night.