Tiananmen vigil organizers arrested

HONG KONG: A group of four activists belonging to the Hong Kong pro-democracy group responsible for organizing the annual Tiananmen Square vigil was arrested today early in the morning. The arrest came after the group refused to give information as per police order on national security grounds.

Police were after details regarding funding and membership of the group following an accusation that the group is operating as a “foreign agent”, which violates the security laws of Hong Kong.

Four arrested members include Chow Hang-Tung( Vice Chairwoman) and standing committee members Leung Kam-wai, Tang Ngok-Kwan, and Chan Dor-wai. As per an official letter sent by the police, the group had 14 days to give information, and failing to do so will result in up to six months in prison.

The group known as the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Movements of China organizes vigils on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre(1989) to remember those who were brutally killed in the event. Every year thousands of people gather for this event, even during pandemic lockdown people were present.

The national security law imposed last year gives power to authorities to crack down on political crimes. More than 150 people have been arrested under the pretense of this law and 60 charged with various political crimes involving opposition politicians and activists.

Chow posted on social media early Wednesday morning that police were ringing her doorbell and attempting to open the door.

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