Zou Xingtong, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, and Wang Yizhang, convenor of the Yinxue Sijing, were released on bail on Saturday (5) after being detained by police on June 4. Zou Xingtong was detained with another man on suspicion of violating the Public Order Ordinance on the charge of publicizing or announcing an unauthorized assembly. Zou Xingtong was granted bail of $10,000 and will report again on the 5th of next month. Wang Yat-char was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct in a public place and obstructing a police officer while setting up a station in Mong Kok on June 4, and was also released on bail on Saturday. In addition, some foreign consulates in Hong Kong because of the June 4 memorial, causing diplomatic turmoil.
The U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and the European Union office in Hong Kong and Macau lit electronic candles on the windows of their embassies or offices on June 4, and the Australian, Canadian and German consulates in Hong Kong also posted messages on social media sites to commemorate June 4.
The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong issued an article on Saturday (5), condemning individual Western consulates general in Hong Kong for playing despicable political tricks to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, which will never succeed. The article pointed out that the spokesman of the OCMFA strongly condemned and resolutely opposed the political tricks staged by the US and Western consulates general in Hong Kong on June 4, which echoed a very small number of anti-China and rebellious elements in Hong Kong, interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs through political issues under the guise of defending democracy and human rights.
The spokesman said that after the implementation of the National Security Law and the improvement of the SAR’s electoral system, Hong Kong’s economic and social development has returned to the right track, and individual external forces are ignoring the development trend of Hong Kong’s transition from chaos to governance and from governance to prosperity, in a bid to block the way and undermine Hong Kong’s long-term stability, prosperity and stability. Such attempts will never succeed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stresses that Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong and its affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. Any use of Hong Kong for infiltration and sabotage of the mainland is a touching of the bottom line and must not be allowed. China once again urged the agencies of the countries concerned in Hong Kong not to play with fire and set themselves on fire.
Friday is the first anniversary of June 4 since the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, and there is international concern as to whether Hong Kong people will be able to commemorate June 4 as they have in previous years.
“The police have not yet filed a case against her, said Zou Xingtong, vice president of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, after she was granted bail in the afternoon. She believes that this arrest is clearly a “preventive” arrest by the authorities without justification, to prevent her from going to the Victoria Park, is completely incriminated by words.
The police point to incriminating evidence, including her comments on social media platforms, newspaper articles, media interviews and online talk shows. She believes that the police use this as evidence of guilt, while making the media concerned about doing interviews on sensitive issues, may be imprisoned, but she will continue to insist on the post to speak out.
She also said that the regime’s logic of accusing her of crimes is absurd, when it banned the June 4 rally on the grounds of epidemic, and later banned the propaganda rally. She believes that the regime will definitely want to ban June 4 mourning activities altogether in the future. Next year, it may not necessarily use the epidemic as a reason again, or it may use other reasons, but she believes the candlelight will not be extinguished.
Zou Xingtong mentioned that the authorities deprived her of the opportunity to light candles, so she mourned the June 4 victims by fasting during her detention, adding that Lee Cheuk-yan, the imprisoned chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, also used this method to mourn.
After attending a public event on Saturday morning, Tam Yiu-chung, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, was asked whether one of the platforms of the Alliance, “Ending one-party dictatorship”, and the mourning activities in Hong Kong violated the National Security Law, Tam said the relevant authorities should consider and assess the situation.
Tam Yiu-chung said that he agreed with the police’s rejection of the application to hold the June 4 rally in Victoria Park on the grounds of epidemic, and that all organizations and individuals should comply with the National Security Law of Hong Kong, as to whether future June 4 rallies can be legally conducted, it is up to the police to handle and assess the situation according to the established mechanism.
Tam Yiu-chung believes that the Alliance’s platform “to end one-party dictatorship” is “problematic,” but whether it violates Hong Kong’s national security law should be considered comprehensively: “In addition to slogans, other words, actions, goals, intentions, the law usually requires such comprehensive Consider.”