An alliance which organized the annual June 4 vigil has refused to provide information requested by the police for its national security investigations.
Last month, national security police accused leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China of being agents of foreign and Taiwanese political organizations and demanded they provide information while officers investigate.
Letters were sent to 10 executives, including imprisoned former legislators and chairman Lee Cheuk-yan and vice-chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, as well as vice-chairwoman Chow Hang-tung.
The letters demanded that they submit information, such as their group’s activities, as well as assets, income, sources of income, and expenditure in Hong Kong within two weeks under Article 43 of the national security law.
Chow said the police request is unreasonable, as officers did not provide any proof that the alliance is related to a national security case. The alliance is not a foreign agent, but an organization founded by Hongkongers on their own, she said. As Hong Kong is an international city, she said, it is normal for civil groups to have communications with overseas groups. She accused the police of “fishing” for evidence and overstepping their powers.
Meanwhile, the alliance’s members will vote on September 25 over whether the group will disband. Seven members of the alliance’s standing committee failed to reach a consensus earlier. Four agreed to disband, passing the decision to members.
After the alliance’s press conference, the police warned that the penalty of refusing to hand over information can be a fine of HK$100,000 and imprisonment for half a year.