onsdag 29. september 2021

China Says Hong Kong Crackdown 'Must Continue' After Vigil Organizer Disbands

Following the dissolution of a group that once organized candlelight vigils marking the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen massacre, a top Chinese official warned on Monday of attempts to foment a 'color revolution' in Hong Kong. Chinese public security minister Zhao Kezhi called on Hong Kong police to keep up their crackdown on "radical secessionists," according to the Global Times newspaper, which has close ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

"The police force must have a clear head ... crack down all kinds of disruptive, subversive activities by hostile forces at home and abroad, resolutely cut off the mastermind of hostile forces that endanger national security, smash the Hong Kong version of the 'color revolution' plot," the paper quoted Zhao as saying. His comments came after a group that once held now-banned candlelight vigils marking the 1989 Tiananmen massacre voted to disband on Saturday following an investigation by Hong Kong's national security police under a law imposed on the city by the CCP from July 1, 2020.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China stands accused of acting as the agent of a foreign power, with leaders Chow Hang-tung, Albert Ho, and Lee Cheuk-yan arrested on suspicion of "incitement to subvert state power," and the group's assets frozen.