Members of HK Tiananmen vigil group arrested

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Four key members of the group behind Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil were arrested Sept. 8. The arrests came the morning after the activists publicly refused a police demand for information as part of a “national security” probe into the 32-year-old group. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said its vice-chair Chow Hang-tung and committee members Simon Leung, Tang Ngok-kwan and Chan To-wai were arrested in the early-morning raid on the June 4 Memorial Museum. Police confirmed the arrests, saying the four, aged between 36 and 57, are being held for failing to comply with Article 43 of the National Security Law, which compels cooperation with investigations. The police had requested information from the group in a letter late August under provisions of Article 43. The force also alleged that the group had been working with foreign agents, a potential violation of the Beijing-imposed legislation. (HKFP, The Guardian)

Photo: Tam Ming Keung/United Social Press via HKFP

  1. Tiananmen vigil group leader denied bail

    A Hong Kong court denied bail to barrister Chow Hang-tung, vice-chair of the group behind the city’s annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil, after she was charged under the Beijing-imposed National Security Law.

    She appeared alongside the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Democratic Movements of China chair Lee Cheuk-yan and fellow vice-chair Albert Ho at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Sept. 10. The three, along with the Alliance itself, were charged under the security law for allegedly inciting subversion.

    Lee and Ho, who are both serving sentences for other protest-related charges, did not apply for bail. Chow made an application representing herself, but was denied bail. (HKFP)