The police were looking for details over the group’s financing and membership in bandage met an accusation that it worked as a “foreign agent”, in offence of the city is sweeping national security law, according to a letter die CNN has seen late last month.
The letter said the group, the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, had 14 days to information, of face up until six months in prison.
According to the law imposed by Beijing last year, authorities have extensive powers to crack down on political crimes.
The arrested members of group including vice chairman and lawyer Chow Hang-tung, as well as standing committee members Leung Kam-wai, Tang Ngok-kwan and Chan Dor-wai, the group said.
chow posted on social media early Wednesday morning that the police rang her doorbell and tried to open the door.
CNN has reached out to the Hong Kong Police Department for comment.
The Alliance, formed more than three decades ago at support the ones die protest for democracy in Beijing, said: on Sunday it wouldn’t suffice with the request of the police, including orders to hand over over the personal details of the members, as well as all meeting minutes with political groups in Hong Kong, Taiwan and overseas.
The city’s security service released a statement later on Sunday with a “ceremonial” warning” Which “in endanger” national security is a very serious crime, “and that the Alliance”should immediately turn around back before it is too late.”
But the group doubled down on Tuesday, filing a letter with the police met the argument that they had insufficient grounds to ask materials. In their letter, the group added that it was not a “foreign agent” and that the police had yet to explain why they believed the… group was connected met foreign troops.
Tsui Hon-kwong, a member of the alliance, said: on Tuesday that a court review was submitted to challenge the request of the police.
In response, Carrie Lam, the city’s leader, criticized the group for disobeying the police. “I must strongly condemn[the Alliance’s]statements,” Lam . said on Tuesday. Security Chief Chris Tang also warned on Tuesday that die who does not comply with national order of the security police would face effects.
hours later, in the early hours of The arrests were made on Wednesday morning out.
The Hong Kong Alliance has held an annual candlelight vigil on the birthday of the pro-democracy crackdown on Tiananmen since 1990.
The events of Tiananmen Square began with protesters in Beijing, mainly students, gathering in the heart of the Chinese capital to mourn the death of an expelled former leader — then, to push for government reform and more democracy. In the early hours of June 4, 1989, the Chinese military entered the square, with orders to place down the protests.
new official death tolls were once released, but human rights groups estimate that hundreds, if not thousands, were killed. The protests and crackdown have been wiped out of the history books in China, censored and controlled. The annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong has been for decades, the only mass commemoration die was held on Chinese soil.
But the days of the wake seem numbered. Several core members of the Alliance, met including former lawmakers Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho, serve prison phrases over cost of unauthorized mounting.
This year’s event was banned by authorities, citing coronavirus restrictions. Hong Kong Security Bureau also warned that attending of promoting a rally of June 4 in could be a struggle met the national security law and result in imprisonment.
Under the security law, protesters, journalists and pro-democracy figures have been arrested; newsrooms have been raided and forced to: shut down; and textbooks, movies and websites face new censorship.
A number of other activist organizations and community groups — many of die, like the Hong Kong Alliance, are a key part of the city’s politics and social clothing fabric for decades — then folded facing pressure from the police.
authorities in Hong Kong has repeatedly denied that they are using the law to hard to perform on political opposition of suppressing dissent.
“I am convinced that the police using this power correct, based on the proof they have, to ask for the informationsaid Lam last Tuesday when asked about the Alliance. “We respect civil society.”
However, she warned that the law will be “fully implemented” to “stamp” out all activities die pose a danger national safety.”
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