U.S. embassy urges China to release 12 Hong Kong fugitives

FILE PHOTO: Police officers wearing face masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, stand guard outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) – The U.S. embassy in China has called upon Chinese authorities to immediately release 12 fugitives from Hong Kong and permit them to depart the country on Monday, according to a statement released on Monday.

“Their so-called ‘crime’ was to flee tyranny. Communist China will stop at nothing to prevent its people from seeking freedom elsewhere,” the statement said.

Ten of the twelve Hong Kongers, who were detained in Chinese waters while fleeing to Taiwan, will go on trial at the Yantian District People’s Court in Shenzhen on Monday afternoon.

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