The Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow has been released from jail after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorised assemblies during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent by mainland China.

Chow, 24, was greeted by a crowd of journalists as she left the Tai Lam women’s prison on Saturday. She got out of a prison van and into a private car without making any remarks.

A small group of supporters were on the scene – the government has threatened to jail those it deems in violation of a sweeping national security law that Beijing imposed on the territory a year ago.

The legislation has resulted in the arrests of leading democracy activists including Joshua Wong and Jimmy Lai, who are serving prison terms. Others have sought asylum abroad. Critics say China is routinely violating commitments it made to preserve freedoms promised to Hong Kong for 50 years after the handover to Chinese…

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