National security police have accused an alliance organizing the annual June 4 vigil of being “agent” of foreign and Taiwanese political organizations and demanded its leaders provide information for investigation.
Sources said police sent letters to 10 executives of The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, including Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Ho Chun-yan and Chow Hang-tung, demanding they submit information based on Article 43 of the national security law for investigation.
According to implementation rules for enforcing the article, the police commissioner may serve a written notice to agents of a foreign political organisation or Taiwan political organisation, requiring them to provide with information including their group’s activities, as well as assets, income, sources of income, and expenditure in Hong Kong.
It is the first time the police has invoked the rule under national security law.
Chow confirmed that she received the letter, and that the alliance will have a meeting to discuss its response. As for reports that the alliance could disband soon, Chow said such a decision has to be endorsed by its members.
Sources said the alliance’s leaders have close relationships with foreign groups. They said Chow was a director at Amnesty International in Hong Kong from 2012 to 2018, which is closely related to the National Endowment for Democracy, the US government agency responsible for promoting democracy abroad. She also met with Dalai Lama in India in 2016 during a trip subsidized by NED.
Lee was accused of attending a video meeting with US congressmen a day after the national security law was enforced in Hong Kong and asking the US to intervene into HK affairs.
Police also considered the alliance’s close relationship with New School of Democracy, founded by dissident and June 4 student leader Wang Dan. Ho serves as a director at the school, which was founded in Taipei in 2011.