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Four Hong Kong Activists Seeking Protection at the US Consulate were ‘Turned Away’

The four activists from Hongkong that sought asylum at the US consulate on Tuesday had discussed their purpose with the diplomatic outpost staff who allowed them to enter before they escorted them out of the compound, said a Britain-based group that was helping them.

The four activists from Hongkong that sought asylum at the US consulate on Tuesday had discussed their purpose with the diplomatic outpost staff who allowed them to enter before they escorted them out of the compound, said a Britain-based group that was helping them.

Three of the activists were seeking asylum, while the fourth, who is allegedly a US citizen, is accusing the consulate of neglecting its duty to help him.

Friends of Hong Kong, the group that was behind Tony Chung Hon-lam’s failed asylum attempt,  made the allegations.

The national security police arrested Chung, a former activist, at a Pacific Coffee outlet near the US consulate on Tuesday.

Chung’s case is now in court and he has been denied bail. 

Washington has openly supported Hong Kong’s anti-government movement, however, the US does not want to open the floodgates to asylum seekers and risk increasing tensions with Hong Kong governments and Beijing.

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