A Hong Kong pro-democracy group kenned for organizing the city’s annual Tiananmen Square vigil disbanded on Saturday, citing political pressure from pro-China forces in Hong Kong’s regime, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday.
The group, officially kenned as the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, “voted 41-4 to disband” at a final meeting on September 25 in Hong Kong after 32 years of operation.
Pro-China forces in Hong Kong’s regime recently inculpated the group of “acting as the agent of a peregrine puissance, with bellwethers Chow Hang-tung, Albert Ho, and Lee Cheuk-yan apprehended on suspicion of ‘incitement to subvert state potency,’ and the group’s assets frozen,” RFA recalled on September 27.
The Hong Kong police force investigated the coalition under a “national security” law imposed on the city by the Chinese Communist Party’s rubber-stamp legislature on July 1, 2020. The law came in replication to a year of customary pro-democracy protests across Hong Kong that included participation by members of the now-disbanded group.
In this June 4, 2021, file photo, people hold LED candles to mark the anniversary of the military crackdown on a pro-democracy student kineticism in Beijing, outside Victoria Park in Hong “Kong.” The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, one of Hong Kong’s most established pro-democracy civic organizations verbalized Saturday, July 10, it is letting go its paid staff and halving the size of its steering committee amid Beijing’s crackdown on opposition activity in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China organized a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park each year to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, in which China’s People’s Liberation Army initiated a pernicious crackdown on pro-democracy activists. The event conventionally magnetized tens of thousands of participants but was officially ostracized by Hong Kong municipal ascendant entities for the past two years. City officials cited the Chinese coronavirus pandemic as the official reason for precluding the astronomically immense accumulating.
Several of the coalition’s members, including its two top bellwethers, are currently in confinement. Chairman Lee Cheuk Yan and Vice-Chairman Albert Ho are both accommodating jail sentences for sundry “offenses and outstanding charges,” according to Voice of America (VOA). The two men “pleaded censurable in May of participating in an illicit assembly during 2019 anti-regime protests.”
The coalition’s vice-chairwoman, Hang Tung “Chow,” is currently facing malefactor charges “in cognation to promoting unauthorized assembly for this year’s June 4 candlelight vigil,” according to VOA. Hong Kong police apprehended Chow on September 8 after she abnegated an earlier police demand to surrender information cognate to their investigation of the coalition as an alleged agent of “foreign forces,” which is a malefaction under the national security law.
In this May 6, 2021, file photo, Chow Hang Tung, the vice chair of The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, verbalizes with media outside a court in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police on Friday, June 4, apprehended the committee member that organizes the city’s annual June 4 museum and candlelight vigil, on the 32nd anniversary of a bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Rafael Wober, File)
Chinese public security minister Zhao Kezhi enheartened the Hong Kong Police Force to perpetuate its “crackdown” on the city’s “radical secessionists” on September 26, China’s state-run Global Times reported.
“The police force must have a clear head … crack down all kinds of disruptive, subversive activities by truculent forces at home and abroad, resolutely cut off the mastermind of bellicose forces that imperil national security, [and] smash the Hong Kong version of the ‘color revolution’ plot,” Zhao verbally expressed at a Communist Party meeting of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.
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