新闻来源：the guardian 《卫报》；发布时间：October 10, 2020 / 2020年10月10日
Hong Kong police arrest nine people suspected of aiding fleeing activists
Police detain four men and five women suspected of arranging transport for activists who tried to flee by boat to Taiwan
Relatives of the 12 Hong Kong activists, who are being detained in Shenzhen for allegedly crossing illegally into Chinese waters while trying to flee to Taiwan by boat, accuse Hong Kong of tracking the 12 and giving away their geographical position to the Chinese authorities in order to arrest them. Photograph: Jérôme Favre/EPA 图片为这12位香港活动人士的家属，他们指责香港追踪这12人，并向中共国当局透露了他们的地理位置，以便逮捕他们。这12位活动人士在深圳被拘留，理由是他们涉嫌非法越境进入中共国水域并试图乘船逃往台湾。照片：约雷梅·法夫尔/EPA
Hong Kong police say they have arrested nine people suspected of helping 12 activists who fled the city in August, heading for Taiwan, but were intercepted by Chinese authorities and held on the mainland.
The group of nine arrested on Saturday included four men and five women, some of whom had been previously arrested for participating in the massive protests that threw the financial hub into turmoil last year, were taken into custody for “assisting offenders”.
“Their roles include ownership of the boat, financial backing, providing accommodation before the trip, transportation to the pier and arranging their lives after arriving in Taiwan,” a police spokesperson told reporters.
China’s coast guard intercepted a boat transporting the 12 Hongkongers to Taiwan in late August and their plight grabbed international attention, with human rights groups raising concern as their families said they were denied access to independent lawyers, and aired suspicion that Hong Kong authorities helped in China’s arrests.
Accused of crimes tied to anti-government protests in Hong Kong last year, the group is being detained in China’s southern city of Shenzhen.
Hong Kong police official, Ho chun-Tung, dismissed accusations that police in the city played a role in the arrests of the 12.
“The arrests on the mainland had nothing to do with the Hong Kong police,” Ho added.
Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Owen Chow and family members of 12 Hong Kong activists arrested at sea in August and now detained on the mainland, speak to reporters after a protest in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Reuters Photo) 民运人士黄志华、周欧文和8月在海上被捕、现被扣留在大陆的12名香港民运人士的家属，周四在香港抗议活动后对记者讲话。(路透社图片)
Police also seized HK$500,000 in cash, computers, mobile phones, and documents related to the purchase of a boat.
People began fleeing Hong Kong for self-ruled Taiwan from the early months of the protests, most of them legally, by air, but some by fishing boat, activists in Taipei who helped Hong Kong citizens get visas have told Reuters.
Hong Kong authorities have said those detained are to be represented by mainland lawyers of their choice, albeit from a list provided by Chinese authorities.
Their families have been offered “needed and feasible” assistance, which will continue, the authorities have said.
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