Some Hong Kong people found suspicious people loitering at the entrance and exit of Hong Kong airport and boarding gates and other locations, suspected of spying on passengers.
With Beijing pushing the national security law in Hong Kong and strengthening the clampdown on Hong Kong, many Hong Kong people are discouraged about Hong Kong, plus the United Kingdom will relax the conditions for Hong Kong people holding British National (Overseas) passports to move to the United Kingdom at the end of this month, Hong Kong began to see another wave of immigration since 1997. And just at this Time, some Hong Kong people found suspicious people loitering at the entrances and exits of the Hong Kong airport and boarding gates and other locations, suspected of spying on passengers. When the Hong Kong police replied to our inquiry, they did not deny that they were police officers. Hong Kong people’s freedom of entry and exit, will be restricted in the future?
The famous Hong Kong netizen known as “Uncle Bob”, who went to the United Kingdom on December 14 last year, uploaded a video on Monday (18) to share his experience at the Hong Kong airport, filmed four suspicious people loitering at the airport gate, including three men and a woman. As seen in the video, they were not carrying any luggage. “Uncle Bob” later entered the restricted area of the airport and saw one of the suspicious persons, a man and a woman, again at the check-in gate of a British flight.
“Hong Kong is on par with Pyongyang.”
As seen in the video, the two men were seen in front of the gate with empty hands, pacing back and forth, as if on patrol, and observing other passengers from time to time. “Uncle Bob” specifically stayed until the last minute to board the plane, but did not see the two suspicious individuals boarding. “Uncle Bob” lamented in the film, “Hong Kong airport used to be compared with New York, London and Tokyo, now less than 30 years after the handover, Hong Kong is on par with Pyongyang.”
After the film was made public, many netizens left messages, expressing their unease and concern about the impact on the reputation of Hong Kong International Airport. Some netizens also said that this situation had already occurred in earlier months, pointing out that there were many police officers standing at the boarding gates, including uniformed and plainclothes officers, suspected to be police officers or officers of the Police National Security Branch.
We asked the Hong Kong police about the incident, including the identity of the people involved, and whether they had a surveillance target. The police replied on Tuesday (19) evening, saying that the police would arrange appropriate patrols by uniformed or plainclothes officers in response to the security situation in the area, and that the police would not comment on the details of the deployment of the operation. The police reply, did not deny that these suspicious people are police officers.
Democrats: the fear of damage to the reputation of the Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong East District Councilor Li Yuxin told the station that in the recent social atmosphere of Hong Kong and the implementation of the “Hong Kong District National Security Law”, in addition to political figures, ordinary Hong Kong citizens will have the risk of being tracked or monitored, and not be surprised if the presence of national security personnel at the airport immigration location, but worried that the reputation of the Hong Kong International Airport will be damaged.
Li Yuxin said: “I think if we really want to go to the extent that the national security tracking citizens, even the entry and exit are carefully monitored, of course, the image of the Hong Kong International Airport has a great impact, because the international airport has actually been in Hong Kong means a kind of international interchange and a point of intersection of people from different countries, we have the freedom to enter and exit and a kind of relationship with foreign countries, the linkage symbolic meaning. But to this day, if the State Security even in the airport to send people to monitor the public’s constant, normal immigration activities, in fact, must make the Hong Kong International Airport reputation greatly damaged.”
Former lawmakers: plainclothes used to appear more in the arrival position less in the departure position
The former Legislative Council member familiar with security matters, James Tu told the station that, in general, airport security or plainclothes officers patrol the airport to prevent theft, but if it is to prevent some people from leaving Hong Kong, I believe the people concerned have been on the list of prohibited departures, and do not need to send plainclothes officers to follow the airport boarding gates. He told the station that in the past, plainclothes officers would mostly appear at the airport arrival position, but less often at the departure position.
The former chairman of the Dragon Air Crew Association, Anna Shih, told the station that the airport has always had strict security, and in addition to police officers, Immigration Department staff will also wear civilian clothes to patrol the airport, so it is difficult to determine what the identity of the above-mentioned suspicious people.
Shi Anna said, “We are difficult to determine whether they are police, Immigration Department people, or airport security, of course now may be really sensitive, people feel as if they are special police, trying to arrest someone, but because it is difficult to identify, it is difficult to estimate their motives.”
This is not the first time that Hong Kong people have reported finding suspicious people at the Hong Kong airport. In the middle of last month, the former convener of the Hong Kong political group “Youth New Deal”, Leung Sung Hang, went to the United States to seek political asylum. He said he saw suspicious people following him at the Hong Kong airport as he prepared to leave the country, but they did not stop him from leaving.