US News Hong Kong: Organizers of the annual vigil for Tiananmen arrested

16:10  08 september  2021
16:10  08 september  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The Hong Kong police arrested Wednesday several members of the organizing association of the annual vigil in memory of the repression of Tiananmen (China), in the aftermath of their refusal to cooperate in a survey conducted on behalf of national security.

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in a brief press release, the Hong Kong Alliance organization announced that Three of his members, Simon Leung, Sean Tang and Chan To-Wai, had been arrested on Wednesday morning.

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Another member, the lawyer Chow Hang-Tung, came out of his handcuffed office and accompanied by the police, noted a reporter from AFP.

The police confirmed the arrest of three men and a woman for "not having provided information" related to the law on national security. The four people are detained for the purposes of the investigation.

The organization is part of the pro-democracy groups under a survey on behalf of the powerful National Security Act, imposed by Beijing to eliminate any dissent after the enormous manifestations of 2019 in the former British colony .

last month, the police ordered the Alliance to give it financial and operational information, accusing it of being a "foreign agent".

The association has chosen to ignore this request that included personal details on all its members since its Foundation in 1989, all meeting reports and financial reports, as well as all exchanges with defense NGOs of the Democracy and human rights in China.

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Tuesday, deadline to respond to Requests for the police, members of the Alliance submitted a letter explaining that the motion was illegal and arbitrary and that no evidence of an offense had been made.

The Alliance also rejected the accusation of being a "foreign agent", explaining to be a local group working for the Hong Kong.

- More than 120 arrests -

At the end of these arrests, the very discreet Office Representative Beijing for National Security in Hong Kong, which settled in a hotel shortly after the promulgation of the law last year And who is building his seat in the city, published a statement.

"Anyone who violated Hong Kong's law on national security and other laws must be punished by the law," said the office.

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This agency had only been expressed twice, after the arrests of the magnat of the PRO-DEMOCRACY PRESS JIMMY LAIS and the Professor of Law Benny Tai, and had made no explanation after the more than 120 other arrests on behalf of the same national security law.

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China is printing its authoritarian brand on Hong Kong, With the arrest of dozens of figures pro-democracy.

The alliance was once one of the symbols of political plurality in the city.

Every year since 1989, it gathered on June 4 tens of thousands of people in a park for candlelights in memory of the victims of Tiananmen's repression, the slogans calling for democracy in China.

The last two evenings were banned and a museum led by the Alliance was closed a few months ago.

The authorities, Beijing and Hong Kong, warned that the next evenings would certainly come into violation with the National Security Act.

On the night of 3 to 4 June 1989, the Chinese army had repressed in the blood seven weeks of student events on the huge Tiananmen Square, in the heart of Beijing, making hundreds or more than a thousand deaths.

This subject is taboo in China, where the communist regime has never expressed regrets for the 1989 massacre and where no commemoration is allowed.

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