It was with desperation that their loved ones fled Hong Kong, and it is now a desperate wait for their relatives with their fate in China’s hands.
The 12 activists aged from 16 to 33, were all facing charges related to last year’s protests and one had recently been arrested under the new National Security Law.
They had set off in a speedboat from Po Toi O harbour on Hong Kong island, hoping to reach Taiwan and seek political asylum.
They made it just 45 miles when they were spotted and arrested by the Chinese Coastguard.
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