HONG KONG — Hong Kong police raided the non-public workplaces of media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai on Thursday, in keeping with Lai’s aide.
Lai’s aide Mark Simon wrote in a put up on Twitter that 14 cops 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 Day by day.
It isn’t clear what the police had been in search of or why they carried out the raid. Hong Kong police didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“I spoke with police they mentioned they might 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 prices of becoming a member of an unauthorized meeting on June 4. Lai and a number of other different pro-democracy activists, embrace 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 making an attempt to make civil disputes into prison circumstances.” He mentioned funds that Lai used to assist Apple Day by day had been frozen.
Police arrested Lai in August beneath Hong Kong’s new nationwide safety legislation and in addition raided the headquarters of Subsequent Digital. Lai was launched on bail.
The nationwide safety legislation, which outlaws subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with international forces to intervene in Hong Kong’s inner affairs, has added to fears it will likely be used to silence dissent.
Professional-democracy supporters say the laws successfully ends the “one nation, two methods” framework beneath which semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been working beneath since Beijing took over the previous British colony in 1997.