Date
17 October 2017
Agnes Chow says on the video that even though she is afraid for her personal safety now this incident has happened, she still believes 'we should continuously fight for freedom from fear'. Photo: Facebook
Agnes Chow says on the video that even though she is afraid for her personal safety now this incident has happened, she still believes 'we should continuously fight for freedom from fear'. Photo: Facebook

Student activist urges global concern over missing bookseller

Agnes Chow Ting (周庭), a prominent member of the Hong Kong student activist organization Scholarism, has called for global concern and international media coverage in the case of a missing bookseller.

Chow uploaded a five-minute video in English titled An Urgent Cry from Hong Kong to her Facebook page Saturday.

In the video, aimed at an international audience, Chow recounts the disappearance on Wednesday last week of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo.

Lee is a major shareholder in Causeway Bay Books, which mainly sells books critical of the mainland Chinese leadership.

His wife said he called her from Shenzhen the night he disappeared, speaking in Putonghua instead of Cantonese, which she found very strange. He told her he was assisting mainland police in an investigation.

Lee’s wife said Hong Kong police told her after she reported him missing that they could not find any record of him leaving the city.

Chow, who is in Japan, says in the video that under the protection of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984, Hongkongers have enjoyed personal safety and human rights under the law.

But the abduction of the bookseller shows that this is no longer the case, she says in her statement, which she wrote with Scholarism leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung.

“In the past, we were safe because we lived in Hong Kong instead of mainland China,” Chow says.

“However, the circumstances have changed with the abduction, which was suspected to be done by the police in China towards this bookseller, who [had kept a] low profile before. “

She says that if the speculation that mainland police organized a cross-border arrest to threaten people in Hong Kong is true, it indicates the erosion of the “one country, two systems” principle in the Basic Law of Hong Kong.

The post has received more than 20,000 likes and been shared about 12,000 times. 

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