lørdag 4. mars 2023

Hong Kong Tiananmen vigil organisers convicted under national security law

Three former members of a Hong Kong group that organised annual vigils to mark China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown have been found guilty of not complying with a national security police request for information. Chow Hang-tung, 38, a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist and former vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, was among those convicted by the magistrate court. Two other former standing committee members of the alliance, Tang Ngok Kwan and Tsui Hon Kwong, were also found guilty.

The now-disbanded alliance was the main organiser of Hong Kong’s 4 June candlelight vigil for victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Every year it drew tens of thousands of people in the largest public commemoration of its kind on Chinese soil.