Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement | Canadian Dennis Ho was released

(Hong Kong) Police released Dennis Ho, the Canadian citizen who was arrested in a press raid in Hong Kong, on Thursday.


On social media, official accounts linked to the popular singer who grew up in Montreal indicate that she has “come back home”.

“I am a little tired now, but I am fine both physically and mentally. Thank you for your love” Can we read on his Facebook page.

The publication clarified that the singer and activist is still planning to participate in an online concert on Sunday.

“Even in the most difficult moments, singers still have to sing until their last breath,” we can read in Cantonese.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Melanie Jolie said on Twitter that Denis Ho can count on Canada’s support and that “our consulate in Hong Kong is actively engaged and ready to provide the full range of consular services.”

Melanie Jolie also said that she spoke with Rachel Bidlington, the consul general of Canada in Hong Kong.

“Canada remains deeply concerned about the arrests of members of the Stand News staff,” Minister Jolie wrote Thursday.

She also voiced her concerns on Wednesday, as did Conservative MP Michael Chung, who noted for his part that “his arrest violates the 1984 Sino-British Treaty. We cannot condone Beijing’s violations of international law.”

Denis Ho completed her high school education at Collège Jean-de-la-Mennais in La Prairie, Montérégie, before studying at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, in Montreal. She also did graphic design studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) before working on the pop scene in Hong Kong.

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Denise Ho, better known as the HOCC artist, is also a committed human rights activist.

in an article from New Yorker In 2019, she said, about one of her songs called Montreal, that Quebec City had taught him “how to be a person.”

“My values, my sense of independence, my principles, and my penchant for rebellion, all took root there.”

Chung Boi Quinn and Patrick Lam, former editors of the pro-democracy website Stand News, in Hong Kong, which closed on Wednesday after a police search, were formally charged with sedition Thursday and their provisional release brought them down. to reject.

PHOTO VINCENT YU, AP

Patrick Lamm was charged with sedition Thursday and refused provisional release.

Patrick Lamm was not present when he showed up because he had to be taken to the hospital.

During the police operation, a journalist, seven current and former editors and members of the media’s board of directors, including Dennis Ho, were arrested.

The raid was organized as part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended the research, explaining that in the context of information dissemination, agitation to challenge the established order cannot be tolerated.

For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the Hong Kong authorities to release the detainees.

Stand News said in a statement that its website and social media will no longer be updated and will be removed. The media said all employees have been laid off.

Stand News was one of the last publicly critical voices in Hong Kong after the newspaper was shut down Apple Dailywhich closed its doors after its publisher Jimmy Lai and its main editors were arrested and its assets frozen.

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Police also arrested a seventh person on Wednesday, a former editor of a newspaperApple Daily.

Police said more than 200 officers took part in the search. They had a warrant to confiscate related press documents under the National Security Act enacted last year.

The seven people were arrested under a crime law dating back to the time Hong Kong was a British colony before 1997 when it was returned to China. If these people are found guilty, they could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to HK$5,000 ($820 CAD).

Early Wednesday, Stand News posted a Facebook video of police officers at the home of Deputy Editor-in-Chief Ronson Chan. The organization confirmed in a statement that the person, who is also the president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, has been taken for questioning.

Ronson Chan, who was later released, told the media that police confiscated his electronic devices, bank cards and press card.

The arrests come as authorities crack down on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Hong Kong police previously raided the offices of the old newspaper Apple Daily, seizing equipment boxes and computer hard drives to aid their investigations and freezing millions of dollars, which later forced the newspaper to close.

Police indicted Jimmy Lai on Tuesday Apple Daily Sedition, he was already imprisoned on other charges.

“We don’t target journalists, we don’t target media outlets, we only target national security crimes,” said Lee Kwai Wah, senior supervisor at the National Security Police Department. “If you’re just reporting, I don’t think that’s a problem.”

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He said in a press conference that the detainees have been held accountable for their actions even if they resigned from Stand News.

When asked about the advice he gave the media, Lee Kwai Wah replied, “Don’t be biased. You know how to write, how to be a responsible journalist, and how to report impartially to your readers. That’s all I can tell you.”

Earlier this year, Stand News announced that it would suspend subscriptions and remove most opinion pieces and columns from its website due to national security law. Six board members also resigned from the company.

The Journalists’ Association urged the city government to protect press freedom in accordance with Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

“The Hong Kong Journalists Association is deeply concerned that police have repeatedly arrested senior media officials and searched news agency offices containing large amounts of press material within ‘one year’,” it said in a statement.

Benedict Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the non-governmental organization Hong Kong Watch, said the arrests were “nothing short of a complete assault on press freedom in Hong Kong”.

“When the free press guaranteed by Hong Kong’s Basic Law is called ‘seditious,’ it is a symbol of how quickly this once large and open international city has become more than a police state,” he said.

Wednesday’s arrests followed the removal of sculptures and other artwork from university campuses last week. Democratic actions supported and memorialized the victims of the Chinese crackdown on democratic protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989.

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