Hong Kong activist Chow Hang Tung was released on bail on Saturday. A day after she was detained for promoting an unauthorized assembly to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown against pro-democracy activists in Beijing.
Police arrested Chow, vice president of the Hong Kong Alliance in support of China’s patriotic democratic movement. She accused her of promoting unauthorized gatherings on Friday morning.
“There is no reason for this. It is a completely absurd accusation: (a) abuse of power; I deny all allegations,” she told reporters outside the police station.
The ban, surveillance and at least six arrests come amid growing concerns in the pro-democracy movement and internationally about the suppression of traditional liberties of the semi-autonomous city. Especially the national security law that Beijing imposed last year.
“I want to tell everyone who participated in this year’s crackdown on the Tiananmen Memorial Incident … not to hide behind the technical provisions of the People’s Public Order Law any longer,” Chow said.
“Open your eyes and see what you are doing. what you really do is to cover up the murderer’s crimes in 1989.”
On Friday, authorities sealed the closure of Victoria Park. It has been home to the world’s largest Tiananmen surveillance for more than three decades. to enforce a second annual meeting ban due to coronavirus restrictions
Some churches open their doors to the masses to commemorate Tiananmen’s victims. The place was filled with people amid fear of being arrested in the streets. in an unprecedented diplomatic gesture amid a police ban on surveillance This candle shines through the windows of the US Consulate and EU offices in the city.
Before her arrest, Chow told Reuters June 4 was a test for Hong Kong. “Will we be able to defend our moral bottom line?”
“As long as they don’t say that the candle is illegal. We will light a candle,” she said.
Although she was unable to light a candle while in custody, But she said she fasted during her incarceration.
Chow was released on HK$10,000 cash bail. and had to report to the police station on July 5.
The alliance’s chairman, Lee Cheuk-yan, was jailed for rallying illegally in 2019. Chow was charged with inciting and participating in illegal gatherings on June 4 last year.
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