Those who have studied the new national security law say that its intention is to completely transform Hong Kong and weaken its long-term freedom of press, speech and assembly.
He said that on Thursday, Huang Guangyu was arrested during a regular visit to the police station and he must report twice a week under the bail conditions related to his previous allegations. Gu Shiyao, a senior human rights activist, was also arrested. The police did not disclose the name of the man. The police confirmed that the two men suspected of committing crimes on October 5 last year were 23 and 74 years old. They were suspected of participating in unauthorized gatherings.
The police added that the 23-year-old man was also suspected of “violating the anti-mask law” in the same parade.
Wong said at a press conference after his release on Thursday afternoon: “This is the third case I have faced since I left prison in June last year.”
He added: “They can sue us, they can arrest us, they can keep us in jail, but they cannot review our promises.”
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam tried to ban face covering at public gatherings last year. She hoped that this would calm the turmoil on the streets, but instead cheered the democracy movement and accused her of abusing her power. The court later ruled that the ban on masks issued by the emergency powers of the colonial era partially violated the Constitution.
Since the pandemic, Hong Kong has enacted laws requiring residents to wear masks in all public places to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
As anti-government protests swelled in the city again, Huang Guangyu was released from prison in 2019. Unlike the 2014 protests, the current movement has no leaders or even a core of organizers. Huang Guangyu has been involved in the pro-democracy movement, but he is not considered the leader of this round of protests that began in June last year.
However, Beijing continues to condemn this young activist, who has long described him as the main target of the new national security law, which will include measures such as “foreign collusion”, “terrorism” and “separatism.” A wide-ranging illegal act is criminalized.
In addition, the Hong Kong police targeted the press this week, saying they will stop recognizing the media certificates issued to reporters by local news organizations. This move reverses a long-standing policy that allows freelancers, photographers and other independent and online-only media to work without interference.