Hong Kong, China:
A man accused of deliberately riding his motorcycle into a group of police officers was the first person in Hong Kong to be charged on Friday after Beijing's comprehensive new national security law.
The 23-year-old Tong Ying-kit has been charged with instigating secession and charged with terrorism, according to a court document received from AFP.
A police source said Tong rode his motorcycle to a group of police officers on Wednesday in protests against the security law.
The source asked for anonymity to speak freely. An earlier police statement indicated the age of the suspect as 24.
Tong was arrested on Wednesday when thousands opposed a rally ban to protest Beijing's new law, which had been imposed the day before and was beginning to restrict some political freedoms.
Videos taken on local television that day showed a man on an orange motorcycle with a flag on the back of which read "Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times".
He turned into a side street and drove into a group of riot police.
Bystander footage, recorded on a cell phone, later captured a scene in which the man was quickly arrested after falling to the ground.
The police said three officers were wounded.
Tong was not in court to hear the charges. A defense lawyer said he remained in the hospital with a fracture.
The charge sheet said that Tong "incited other people to secession" and that his offense was terrorism because it aimed to "force" the Chinese and Hong Kong governments and "do serious harm to society".
The new Beijing Security Act was kept secret until its entry into force, and the city was frightened both by its imposition and by choking the freedom of speech provisions contained therein.
It prohibits various acts that are considered subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign armed forces.
Legal experts warn against banning peaceful political views, however.
For example, the Hong Kong government has announced that the use of the phrase "Free Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Time" is illegal under the terms of secession and subversion.
The terrorist offenses are wide-ranging and include attacks on vehicles or transport networks and "the use of dangerous methods to pose a serious threat to public health or security".
The most serious violations of security law are associated with life imprisonment.
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