Date
28 May 2017
Protesters from the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China say Beijing's official account of Lee's status is not convincing. Photos: RTHK, Internet
Protesters from the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China say Beijing's official account of Lee's status is not convincing. Photos: RTHK, Internet

Alliance demands Lee Bo release, slams jailing of activists

A Hong Kong pro-democracy group is demanding the immediate release of bookseller Lee Bo and more information about his circumstances.

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China said Beijing’s official account of Lee’s status is not convincing, Apple Daily reports.

On Sunday, a group of protesters from the alliance accused Beijing of conducting police work in Hong Kong and making arbitrary arrests.

The alliance also protested the jailing of human rights activists Tang Jingling, Yuan Xinting and Wang Qingying on subversion charges, according to pubic broadcaster RTHK.

Richard Choi, vice president of the alliance, said the three were merely expressing their views but were heavily penalized for exercising their civil rights.

He called their sentences an “obvious backtracking” by the central government.

Hong Kong police commissioner Stephen Lo said there is no evidence mainland police have conducted law enforcement in Hong Kong.

Police authorities on both sides of the border will not allow such actions in each other’s jurisdiction, Lo told a radio program on Saturday.

Also, Lo said there is no evidence Lee Bo was held hostage or taken away by force, according to RTHK.

Lo said investigations will continue until Lee’s circumstances are accounted for.

Meanwhile, Lo defended the cross-border information sharing between the Hong Kong and mainland police, saying it has been used in more than 12,000 cases involving 9,400 people since 2001.

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