Hong Kong Pop Star Denise Ho Arrested in Sedition Investigation (VIDEO) | Show biz

Cantopop star Denise Ho was arrested at her Hong Kong home early this morning for allegedly conspiring with five other people to publish seditious material on December 29, 2021. – Photo by Facebook / HOCC

KUALA LUMPUR, December 29 – Cantopop singer Denise Ho has been arrested for allegedly conspiring with five other people to release seditious material in her role as the former director of an independent news provider.

The star was abducted from her home in Hong Kong this morning, The Guardian reported citing Ho’s Facebook page.

Ho’s arrest marks the first time a world famous pop star has been detained for a political crime after Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong 18 months ago in response to months of protests in democracy in 2019.

Ho had long been an outspoken public figure.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, she is a heroine of the region’s LGBT community, one of the first local celebrities to speak out almost ten years ago.

She has been actively involved in the city’s pro-democracy movement, testifying on the U.S. Capitol about reports of police brutality during protests, as well as as a trustee of a now defunct humanitarian fund for demonstrators arrested or injured.

In her last update, Ho said she is doing fine.

” I feel good. Friends who are worried about me, please don’t worry.

In a creative industry where access to mainland China’s lucrative market prompted many Cantonese artists to refrain from angering Chinese sensibilities, Ho emerged in 2014 as a voice of defiance when she joined the movement. umbrellas and demanded a broader democracy with thousands of other Hong Kongers.

“When I first saw the tear gas fired at the peaceful crowd, I decided, whatever the so-called consequences, that I had to say what I thought,” she said in 2019.

The consequences for Ho’s career came long before today’s arrest.

In 2014, Chinese authorities banned her from performing on the mainland.

In the years that followed, brands and other celebrities shunned her, while some of her concerts in Hong Kong were canceled.

Meanwhile, confirming the arrests, Variety reported that the National Security Police Department conducted a search of an online media company in Kwun Tong with a warrant issued under Annex 1 of the Rules for the Implementation of Article 43 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Zone. Administrative region, authorizing the police to search and seize relevant journalistic documents.

“More than 200 uniformed and plainclothes police officers were deployed during the operation,” the Hong Kong government said in a press release.

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