The ebook is centered on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that started in 2019
Pastor Alan Keung Ka-wai is amongst six arrested by Hong Kong’s nationwide safety police for publishing and promoting a ebook allegedly has seditious content material. (Photograph: Free HK Media through Fb)
Hong Kong’s nationwide safety police have arrested six people together with a Christian pastor on prices of the manufacturing and sale of a ebook on the anti-extradition protests of 2019-2020 which allegedly has seditious content material.
Alan Keung Ka-wai, a pastor of Christianity Mission in Hong Kong, and 5 others have been arrested throughout raids at varied areas, Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported referring to a police assertion, on Jan. 18.
Alan often known as “Pastor Keung” was carefully concerned in delivering first help to injured protesters and cops throughout the anti-extradition protests of 2019 and is a founding father of Free HK Media information outlet.
The ebook had “seditious” content material and the people aged 18-62 have been “members of an anti-government group,” the police acknowledged in its press launch with out divulging the title of the ebook.
“The ebook’s content material advocates for Hong Kong independence, in addition to incite others to overthrow the central authorities and Hong Kong’s authorities, use violence, and flout the regulation or any lawful orders,” the police assertion learn.
Allegedly, the ebook has content material on “a collection of riots that occurred in Hong Kong from June 2019 to February 2020,” and was offered on the Lunar New Yr truthful in Mong Kok between December 2022 and January 2023.
The show stall operated by “Disgrace on You Grocery Retailer” was the prime focus of the coordinated raid by the Nationwide Safety and Customs Departments, native media reported.
The vendor on its Fb web page had earlier acknowledged that it was publishing a 400-page ebook in regards to the violent protests in Hong Kong in opposition to the anti-extradition regulation. The group additionally publicly introduced the promoting of the ebook on the truthful that started on the Christmas Day
The police arrested three of the accused throughout a raid on the Lunar New Yr truthful at Ginza Plaza in Mong Kok on Jan. 17 night and the others have been arrested from Kowloon and the New Territories.
The officers have seized 43 copies of the mentioned ebook from the properties, places of work, and different premises of the accused who have been later remanded into police custody.
The police have additionally discovered different merchandise that “glorified violence or opposed the federal government” from the stall operated by the group, the assertion learn.
Unbiased festivals have popped up throughout the town to compensate for the shortage of dry items stalls which is a staple of Hong Kong’s largest seasonal markets – the Lunar New Yr festivals.
In November 2019, the Hong Kong administration banned the sale of dry items—similar to decorations and t-shirts – which regularly included political satire in them.
Teams have used the truthful to gather funding for his or her actions and help the jailed leaders of their authorized battle.
At this yr’s truthful, the Democratic Social gathering was additionally promoting merchandise to help its members Wu Chi-wai, Lam Cheuk-ting, and Andrew Wan.
The trio is among the many 47 well-known political figures who have been charged with conspiracy to commit subversion over their involvement in unofficial legislative main elections held in July 2020.
Beijing has used the sweeping Nationwide Safety Regulation and the colonial-era sedition regulation to muzzle dissent and a powerful pro-democracy motion that rocked Hong Kong in 2019.
The protests compelled the Hong Kong authorities to withdraw the anti-extradition invoice, solely to provide you with Beijing-imposed draconian nationwide safety regulation.
Tons of of pro-democracy supporters have been detained and awaiting trials. Among the defendants together with distinguished Catholics together with Cardinal Joseph Zen and Catholic media tycoon Jimmy Lai have been convicted.