HONG KONG — Hong Kong police raided the personal workplaces of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, in line with Lai’s aide.
Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a publish on Twitter that 14 law enforcement officials visited Lai’s workplace and confiscated paperwork.
Lai, 71, is an outspoken pro-democracy determine who usually criticizes China’s authoritarian rule and Hong Kong’s authorities. He’s additionally the founding father of media firm Subsequent Digital, which operates pro-democracy newspaper Apple Every day.
It isn’t clear what the police had been on the lookout for or why they performed the raid. Hong Kong police didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“I spoke with police they mentioned they’d stay till our lawyer arrived,” Simon wrote. “They didn’t, they took paperwork and departed earlier than our lawyer arrived.”
The raid got here hours forward of Lai’s court docket look Thursday to face costs of becoming a member of an unauthorized meeting on June 4. Lai and several other different pro-democracy activists, embody Lee Cheuk-yan and Joshua Wong, had been charged after they participated in a now-banned candlelight vigil marking China’s bloody Tiananmen crackdown in 1989. The vigil is held yearly.
Simon mentioned on Twitter that the police had been “nonetheless attempting to make civil disputes into prison circumstances.” He mentioned funds that Lai used to help Apple Every day had been frozen.
Police arrested Lai in August below Hong Kong’s new nationwide safety regulation and in addition raided the headquarters of Subsequent Digital. Lai was launched on bail.
The nationwide safety regulation, which outlaws subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with international forces to intervene in Hong Kong’s inner affairs, has added to fears it is going to be used to silence dissent.
Professional-democracy supporters say the laws successfully ends the “one nation, two techniques” framework below which semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been working below since Beijing took over the previous British colony in 1997.