Police in Hong Kong have arrested a 65-year-old pro-democracy activist as she expressed the only protest over China’s crackdown on Tiananmen. In a vivid example of the zero tolerance the authorities use against protests in financial centers.
Alexandra Wong was taken into custody on Sunday. due to suspected involvement in illegal gatherings as she walked to the Beijing Liaison Office in Hong Kong.
Wong – known locally as “Grandma Wong” – A regular occurrence of the massive democratic protests that swept Hong Kong in 2019, she is often seen waving the Union Jack flag. This was a sign of her displeasure with Beijing’s rule since the city was handed over. to China by former colonial powers in 1997
Protests are now illegal in Hong Kong. Officials have used both the coronavirus threat and safety concerns in protest.
Planned Surveillance for Friday It marks the 32nd anniversary of Beijing’s 1989 crackdown on democratic protests in Tiananmen Square. It was denied permission for the second year in a row.
Officials claim the pandemic was the cause of the ban. Although Hong Kong has not recorded an unknown local epidemic in the past month.
Activists have also asked for permission for a small march. on the theme of Tiananmen on Sunday to the coordination office which represents the central government in the city but was also rejected.
Wong returned that afternoon holding a placard that read “32, June 4, Tiananmen Sorrow” and a yellow umbrella symbolizing Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.
The South China Morning Post said Wong began singing the slogan in a park. before heading to the coordination office by yourself while the police tracked down and filmed She was stopped twice.
“I am alone It’s just an old lady here. Why did you stop me?” The Post quoted Wong as an official. Shortly after, she was arrested.
Police confirmed that a 65-year-old woman named Wong had been arrested on suspicion. “Knowledgeable to join the assembly without permission. and try to incite others to join the assembly without permission.”
Hong Kong’s democracy movement has been suppressed by widespread crackdowns on dissent over the past year. This includes enforcing comprehensive security laws that criminalize dissidents.
In mid-2019, Wong’s protests disappeared for more than a year. She reappears, saying she was detained by mainland authorities during her trip to Shenzhen. The nearby town where she lived at the time