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China: Leading Democracy Leader Arrested on Tiananmen Anniversary

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China: Leaders of the pro-democracy movement arrested on Tiananmen anniversary

Chou Hang-ton, a figure in the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, was arrested this morning on the anniversary of the events in Tiananmen, the memorial service for which was banned by the authorities again this year.

Four politicians, police said, were found opposite Chou Hang-tun in front of the property where her office is located in the city center, and then they announced that they were arresting her, a journalist of the French Agency reported. They put her in a black sedan and left.

The 37-year-old lawyer is vice president of the Hong Kong Alliance, which holds candlelight vigils in Victoria Park every June 4, honoring the victims of the June 4, 1989 riots in Tiananmen Square.

No commemorative events or anniversaries

The overnight stay was canceled again this year, for the second consecutive year, by the police in Hong Kong. Authorities cited restrictive measures to prevent the new coronavirus pandemic from spreading, although the city has not reported any outbreaks in the community for more than a month.

Following the ban, the Alliance for Hong Kong announced that it would not hold an overnight event. But Ms. Chow told the press that she personally planned to go to Victoria Park on Friday night, without representing anyone other than herself.

The ceremony, scheduled for 2020, was also banned due to the pandemic, but tens of thousands of people disobeyed the authorities' order and the rally led to criminal charges against 24 members of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

According to the South China Morning Post, more arrests may be made.

Source: politis.com.cy

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