Well-known pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong reported on Monday, June 8, that they have been subjected to harassment after being filmed and followed by individuals suspected of being security agents of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Once they were able to approach one of them to ask if he worked for Chinese or Hong Kong security, he proceeded to make a sudden move with an umbrella and accused them of attempted robbery and then took a suspicious taxi that appeared to have a relationship with the stalkers.
Wong also stated that he was pursued by a “suspicious middle-aged man in a private car” last week, after being in one of the offices of Demosisto, a pro-democracy organization, which he heads as secretary general. During the follow up they also reportedly took pictures of him.
The young activist said this may happen all the time in mainland China but it was supposed to be different in Hong Kong. “After all, the national security law still hasn’t been passed. So why are activists and councillors being monitored every single day?” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“Political surveillance with a chilling effect, sadly, has become the new reality in Hong Kong. Everyone, please take care. Do not go out alone. Stay safe,” he added.
Wong is referring to a controversial law recently presented by the National People’s Congress to ban secession, terrorism and foreign intervention in the semi-autonomous territory, which in short translates into censorship of any anti-government movement.
Political pressure from mainland China, which is undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy, led to the passing last week of another controversial law, which punishes anyone who dares to insult the national anthem with up to three years in prison.
Meanwhile, on Friday night, pro-democracy lawmaker Jeremy Tam of the Civic Party criticized encountering a similar incident in which a stalker accosted him and “spoke with a mainland Chinese accent.”
While Tam said he had not been able to learn the identity of the man who intercepted him, he said the stalker probably meant him harm, adding that the event made him realize that Hong Kong was no longer safe.
He also stressed that the bills to punish acts that Beijing considers a security threat do not provide any confidence to the public, according to Hong Kong Free Press.
Alvin Yeung, leader of the Civic Party said Tam was not the only one who had been harassed but also that different legislators, district councillors, and activists had faced similar situations, accusing the authorities of wanting to cause fear among politicians and warned that the general public could also be monitored after the national security law was implemented.
#CCP sent rookie agents to stalk Civic Party colleague Jeremy Tam. Applause for his bravery to confront the agents directly. The rookie was terrified and ran away like a frightened deer. Jeremy’s a legend. #StandNFight #StandWithHongKong pic.twitter.com/xgf9I0Lygl
— Alvin Yeung 楊岳橋 (@AlvinYeungnk) June 5, 2020
Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have long complained about surveillance by the authorities, even before the semi-autonomous region ceased to be a British colony in 1997, Breitbart News reported.