Hong Kong anti-graft agency raids home of media tycoon critical of Beijing
Published on Aug 28, 2014 2:01 PM
HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Anti-corruption officers in Hong Kong on Thursday morning raided the home of Jimmy Lai, a media magnate and an outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his many publications.
The raids come after local media said on Wednesday that China had decided to limit 2017 elections to a handful of candidates loyal to Beijing, a move likely to escalate protests by pro-democracy activists.
"The timing is not uncoincidental with this week in our opinion. If you wanted to cool things down, this is the last thing you would do," Lai's top aide and spokesman Mark Simon told Reuters.
Simon added that five anti-graft officials had also searched his home.
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