Hong Kong Candidate Tony Chan Yuk-Nung Rejects Beijing’s Offer to Drop Security Law Charges

HONG KONG, CHINA – AUGUST 10, 2022 – Democratic Party candidate Tony Chan Yuk-Nung speaks to the media outside the High Court in Hong Kong, China on August 10. Chan, 31, is facing charges under the national security law and has been denied bail. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

**HONG KONG, Aug 10 (Reuters) – A Hong Kong pro-democracy candidate denied bail on sedition charges under a national security law on Wednesday rejected an offer from Beijing to drop the case if he left the city.**

Tony Chan, a former journalist and a member of the Democratic Party, is accused of inciting secession and subversion in articles he wrote and social media posts he made before last year’s Legislative Council election.

He was detained on July 29 under a sweeping national security law that Beijing imposed on the former British colony in 2020 following months of anti-government protests.

Chan’s case has drawn international attention as a test of the law’s reach and the erosion of freedoms in the global financial hub.

On Wednesday, a Beijing-backed newspaper in Hong Kong reported that Chan had been offered the chance to leave the city and have his charges dropped if he promised not to return for a certain period of time.

But Chan rejected the offer, saying he would not abandon his supporters or his fight for democracy.

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