The prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Nathan Law has claimed asylum in Great Britain. The 27-year-old wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that he had been granted asylum after several interviews. The activist fled the controversial Chinese security law to London in July 2020.
“The fact that I am wanted under national security law shows that I am facing severe political persecution and that I may not be able to return to Hong Kong safely,” Law said. He hoped his case would help the British authorities “understand the complicated situation in Hong Kong”.
Law was elected as the youngest member of the Hong Kong parliament in 2016. He was sentenced to eight months in prison for participating in the 2014 student umbrella movement. He is being wanted in Hong Kong for participating in the 2019 pro-democracy protests.