Three members of pro-democracy scholar group accused of ‘subversion’ for help scheme for prisoners.
Hong Kong police have arrested three scholar activists for “subversion” below the territory’s nationwide safety legislation over the group’s welfare programme for prisoners, avenue cubicles and social media content material.
Senior superintendent Steve Li, from the town’s new nationwide safety police unit, introduced the arrest of two males and one girl from the pro-democracy group, Pupil Politicism on Monday.
The three aged between 18 and 20, have been the group’s convenor Wong Yat-chin, everlasting secretary Wong Chi-sum and former spokesperson Chu Wai-ying.
Li mentioned the group had arrange avenue cubicles to unfold what he referred to as hateful speech in opposition to the federal government, together with urging folks to not use a authorities app geared toward monitoring the unfold of the coronavirus.
Police raided the group’s warehouse and seized giant portions of sweets, surgical masks, biscuits, lotion, and books – all gadgets on an inventory of products prisoners are allowed to obtain from exterior – as proof.
However Li recommended democracy activists have been utilizing the gadgets to win followers in jail.
“Serving to prisoners will not be an issue but it surely relies on the intention,” Li mentioned.
“If the intention is to assist prisoners with the identical beliefs and to recruit followers … to proceed to violate nationwide safety, it’s a downside for certain.”
The subversion cost carries a most sentence of 10 years in jail.
The group additionally used slogans declared unlawful below the brand new nationwide safety legislation and advised folks to “put together for the following revolution,” Li mentioned.
China imposed the safety legislation on Hong Kong on the finish of June final yr, saying it was essential to carry stability to the territory within the wake of mass marches and protests in 2019. It has additionally overhauled the territory’s electoral system to make sure solely “patriots” can maintain political workplace in Hong Kong.
Critics have mentioned Beijing is destroying the freedoms it promised when Hong Kong was returned to Chinese language rule in 1997.
A whole bunch of individuals have been jailed for the reason that 2019 protests, and lots of the metropolis’s most outstanding pro-democracy politicians and activists are both in jail awaiting trial, typically on nationwide safety fees, or have already been sentenced. Others have gone into exile.
In current weeks, officers have sought to painting prisons as the following battlefront of their warfare to guard “nationwide safety”.
Earlier this month the town’s high safety official Chris Tang accused jailed activists of gathering gadgets like candies and hair clips to “construct energy” and “solicit followers”.
Wall-fare, a prisoners’ rights group that supplied provides for prisoners and linked them with pen-pals, disbanded after he made the feedback.
The nationwide safety legislation punishes what China considers secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces with as much as life in jail.