HONG KONG – Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested four members of a pro-democracy group that led the annual rally on Jan.
Activist and lawyer Chow Hang Tung of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of China’s Patriotic Democratic Movements was arrested along with three others, the group said.
“I want to tell Hong Kongers that we must continue to resist and not quickly and easily surrender to unreasonable power,” Chow told reporters on Tuesday when she went to police headquarters to tell officials that they would not divulge the requested information would .
Police sent a letter to Allianz in August asking for information about its membership, finances and activities by September 7, according to a copy the group sent to reporters.
The letter accused the alliance of being an “agent of foreign armed forces”. Failure to provide the information by the deadline could result in a fine of Hong Kong dollars 100,000 (about $ 13,000) and six months in jail, the letter said.
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The National Security Ministry said it had arrested three men and one woman, aged 36 to 57, for failing to comply with national security laws. It didn’t identify you.
The department said the investigation was ongoing and did not rule out further arrests.
The national security law, which Beijing imposed on Hong Kong last year after it was rocked by anti-government protests, punishes what the authorities commonly refer to as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life imprisonment.
Chow’s arrest came hours before she was supposed to represent incarcerated opposition politician Gwyneth Ho, who is charged with conspiracy to conspire to subversion under a national security law imposed in Beijing, at a bail hearing.
Ho withdrew her bail petition from the High Court after Judge Esther Toh denied her motion to lift restrictions on registration for the hearing.
Alliance leaders Albert Ho and Lee Cheuk-yan are already in jail for their roles in the 2019 protests.
The group said in July that it had fired staff to keep them safe and that half of its committee members had resigned.