Hong Kong police revoke bail and rearrest prominent activist


One of the organisers of Hong Kong’s annual Tiananmen vigil was rearrested after authorities revoked her bail Wednesday, the eve of a sensitive double anniversary of the city’s handover to China and the Communist Party’s centenary.

Lawyer Chow Hang-tung, 37, was initially detained on June 04 for publicising a banned vigil commemorating Beijing’s deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

She was released on bail two days later.

“We have learned that the police bail granted to Chow Hang-tung regarding the arrest made on June 04 this year was revoked earlier today and she is now under arrest again,” Chow’s relatives and friends told media on Wednesday.

It is unclear whether Chow will be charged.

Chow was also the legal representative for three democracy groups appealing a police ban on July 01 demonstrations marking the 24th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain.

Authorities have rejected the appeal and warned the public not to participate in or advertise unauthorised assemblies.

It is the second year in a row that Hong Kong police have banned the handover day rally, typically a platform to vent frustrations against Beijing.

Wednesday also marks one year since Beijing imposed the sweeping national security law on Hong Kong in response to huge – and often violent – protests in 2019. (Source: CNA)