Chow Hang-tung, vice president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic and Democratic Movements of China – the organization that convenes the annual vigil in Hong Kong in memory of the victims of the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989 – was arrested today, reports the local press. According to sources quoted by public television RTHK, Chow was arrested on the morning of this Friday near her office.
The lawyer had said that she would “light a candle where everyone can see it” to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of Tiananmen today, whose vigil in Hong Kong was banned by the police for the second year in a row citing reasons to prevent contagion from the coronavirus .
The anti-covid measures active in Hong Kong currently contemplate the prohibition of public gatherings of more than four people despite, points out RTHK, that in the former British colony there has been no case of local transmission of unknown origin in more than one month. At the moment, the organization to which Chow belongs, popularly known as the Hong Kong Alliance (HKA), is still trying to confirm the reports pointing to his arrest.
The private newspaper South China Morning Post points out, citing police sources in this case, that Chow was arrested on suspicion of promoting a prohibited demonstration under the provisions of local Public Order regulations.
The HKA tried to have the police ban lifted to be able to hold the vigil again and, not receiving the support of the appeal board, asked its supporters not to meet this Friday in the central Victoria Park, where it takes place every year. .
Last year, despite the police ban, thousands of people gathered in that park to commemorate those who died after the military repression of the pro-democracy protests carried out in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square 32 years ago. In light of the ban, the Alliance also called off an online tribute for fear of violating the national security law imposed a year ago by Beijing, adds the South China Morning Post.
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