September 29, 2023

Hong Kong police on Thursday arrested 4 males and 6 girls suspected of offering monetary help to abroad dissident teams calling for sanctions towards China’s foremost monetary middle.

Ten folks suspected of getting supplied monetary help to dissident teams overseas had been arrested on Thursday August 10 by the Hong Kong police. 4 males and 6 girls, aged 26 to 43, had been arrested for “colluding with a international nation or outdoors parts” underneath Hong Kong’s nationwide safety legislation.

The legislation was launched by Beijing in 2020 to crack down on dissent after enormous, and typically violently suppressed, 2019 pro-democracy protests that noticed thousands and thousands take to the streets demanding political freedoms.

Trial

These arrested face a sentence of as much as life in jail. Police suspect them of collusion with the “612 Humanitarian Support Fund”, dissolved in October 2021 and which helped pay the authorized and medical prices of these arrested in the course of the 2019 protests.

They’re accused of getting obtained funds from “numerous international organizations to help individuals who have fled overseas or organizations which have referred to as for sanctions towards Hong Kong”, in response to a police assertion.

5 of the directors of this fund, together with Cardinal Joseph Zen, had been arrested in Could 2022 for collusion with international international locations. They’ve appealed however no date has but been set for the listening to.

A complete of 260 folks have been arrested in Hong Kong underneath the nationwide safety legislation, 79 of whom have been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.

“Interrogated, harassed and intimidated”

In July, Hong Kong promised 1,000,000 Hong Kong {dollars} (117,000 euros) in reward in trade for data that might permit the arrest of eight figures of the pro-democracy motion who had fled Hong Kong overseas.

These awards have induced an outcry in the US, Nice Britain and Australia, international locations the place the eight folks dwell.

On Wednesday, a pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong, Anna Kwok, who’s among the many eight folks in query, claimed that her mother and father had been “questioned, harassed and intimidated” by the police.

Relations of a minimum of 4 different needed activists – former MP Nathan Regulation, commerce unionist Mung Siu-tat, lawyer Dennis Kwok and activist Elmer Yuen – have additionally been taken to police in current weeks to to be interrogated there.

With AFP