Tiananmen vigil leaders arrested in Hong Kong

Four leaders of the group that organized annual vigils in Hong Kong for the victims of the Tiananmen crackdown on pro-democracy protesters have been arrested after refusing to cooperate in a national security investigation, the group said Wednesday.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China said the four were arrested early Wednesday morning.

The Group confirmed that their vice-chairwoman, Chow Hang-tung, along with Committee members Simon Leung Kam-wai, Tang Ngok-kwan, Chan Dor-wai were arrested.

Chow live-streamed on her Facebook page at around 7am this morning from the group’s Central office, saying that “Some people have been ringing the doorbell and attempting to break the door code to open the door.”

The four were currently being held for questioning in police stations in Central, Tsuen Wan, Yuen Long and Mong Kok.

It was understood that they were arrested for allegedly refusing to provide information required for a national security investigation, which is an offense under the national security law.

Leaders delivered a letter to police Tuesday rejecting a request for details of the group’s operations and finances. Hong Kong’s security chief Chris Tang Ping-keung earlier warned that failure to comply could result in a fine of HK$100,000 and up to six months in jail.

The alliance organized candlelight vigils in Hong Kong on the anniversary of China’s crackdown on protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. The event was attended annually by massive crowds, but authorities have banned the vigils for the past two years, saying they violate the city’s Covid rules.

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