Hong Kong singer and activist arrested for corruption | Voice of America

A prominent Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist was detained by the territory’s anti-corruption agency on Monday, accused of breaking the law when he sang at a political rally three years ago.

The arrest of Anthony Wong It is part of a campaign by the authorities against those who have demanded more democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

According to the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption, Wong performed two songs at the 2018 rally and urged attendees to vote for pro-democracy candidate Au Nok-hin in a by-election.

The agency also brought charges against Au, who was elected, in part for publicizing the rally on social media and saying there would be a performance by Wong.

The Commission said in a statement that offering refreshments and entertainment to others at an electoral event was “corrupt conduct and a serious offense” contrary to electoral ordinances.

Local media reported that Wong had been released on bail. Au, for his part, has been imprisoned since March. He was one of 47 activists arrested for alleged subversion following an unofficial primary election held last year.

Authorities pursue dissent in Hong Kong following anti-government protests in 2019, sparked by concerns that the former British colony was losing its promised freedoms when it was handed over to China in 1997.

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