onsdag 8. september 2021

Hong Kong: Tiananmen vigil organisers arrested

Several members of a pro-democracy Hong Kong organisation have been arrested after their group was accused of working as a "foreign agent". The Hong Kong Alliance is known for organising the city's famed annual vigil for victims of the deadly 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Pro-democracy activist and barrister Chow Hang Tung was among the arrested.

The arrests were made under the national security law, which has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.Hong Kong police's national security unit had earlier requested that the Hong Kong Alliance hand over information, reportedly including personal details of all members since the group's founding and financial records.

On Tuesday, the deadline for the request, the alliance members handed over a letter explaining their refusal to cooperate. The next morning, police officers arrested four members of the alliance's standing committee at their homes or offices.