Surveillance Common for Some Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists
Evading surveillance is a new skill for Andy Chan, founder of the Hong Kong National Party, but one he had to learn quickly over the summer. In July, Chan noticed that he was being followed repeatedly by unidentified individuals. He noticed that once spotted, the snoops would suddenly disappear only to reappear later or be replaced by others. "You can do some tricks to catch them. For example on the MTR [subway] platform, you wait and just wait and let the MTR pass by and see if anyone stays. Or you get on and off and see if anyone is following on and off," he said. Chan did not fully realize it at the time, but he was being monitored by Hong Kong’s Security Bureau as part of a two year investigation into his party, which advocates for independence from China. Hong Kong’s Security Bureau declined to comment for this article. Previously, bureau officials have said that freedom of association and freedom of speech are “not without restrictions.” While Chan’s party may become the first to be banned by police since Britain returned control of Hong Kong to communist-ruled China in 1997, his story is not uncommon in a city with a longstanding tradition of political surveillance. Part of life Historians say surveillance of politically suspect citizens has been a part of life in Hong Kong for much of the last century. From the 1920s, when the colonial government's anti-communist squad shut down newspapers and monitored strike activities to the 1970s when Hong Kong's political life was at its zenith, Hong Kong has been highly watched. Political surveillance has ebbed and flowed with the times, and observers say it appears to be making a comeback in Hong Kong since pro-democracy Umbrella Movement protests in 2014 mobilized thousands. Whereas communists and... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Surveillance Common for Some Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 4 September, 2018
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