Former associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, Tai Yiu-ting, and others have been charged with “subversion of state power” by Hong Kong police.
Hong Kong police said 39 men and eight women, aged between 23 and 64, have been charged with “conspiracy to subvert state power” and that the 47 people will be detained overnight for a hearing tomorrow (March 1) morning at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court.
Those known to have been prosecuted include Tai Yiu-ting, a former associate professor at the University of Hong Kong’s law department; Sham Chi-kit, a member of the Social Democratic Alliance’s Shatin District Council; Leung Kwok-hung, a former Legislative Council member; Tam Man-ho, vice chairman of the Civic Party’s foreign affairs; and Lam Cheuk-ting, vice chairman of the Democratic Party and a member of the North District Council.
Hong Kong police arrested the 55 pan-democrats earlier this year, charging them with allegedly violating Hong Kong’s version of the National Security Law. In addition to Wong Chi-fung, the former secretary-general of the Hong Kong House of Representatives, and Tam Tak-chi, the vice chairman of People Power, who are in prison, the other arrestees were scheduled to report to police stations in April, but they were informed that they had to report to police stations in all districts of Hong Kong earlier this afternoon, and most of them were formally charged by the National Security Division of the police.
After the Chinese Communist Party pushed through the National Security Law in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong police made major arrests of the pro-democracy camp. Internationally known pro-democracy figures such as the founder of Apple Daily, Lai Chi-ying, the former Secretary General of Hong Kong Zhi Zhi, Wong Chi-fung, and former Hong Kong Zhi member, Chow Ting, have all been imprisoned to date.
Under the pressure of being prosecuted and imprisoned under the National Security Law, the Hong Kong pro-democracy group “Democracy Power” announced its dissolution on the 27th, and the Chinese Academy for Democracy, founded by mainland Chinese pro-democracy activist Wang Dan and others, has also been deregistered in Hong Kong.