Cantopop star Denise Ho flagged by law enforcement agencies: Sing Tao

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Cantopop star turned activist Denise Ho Wan-sze has been flagged by the city’s law enforcement agencies, according to The Standard's sister newspaper Sing Tao Daily.

Ho, also known by her stage name, HoCC, is seen as an icon of civil disobedience and has actively participated in social movements over the past few years.

She made a name for herself as a champion of democracy during the 2014 Umbrella Movement, which saw tens of thousands of demonstrators occupy parts of the city’s center over calls for universal suffrage.

The report claims that Ho’s actions before and after the enactment of the city’s national security law have caught the law enforcement’s attention, meaning she may be labeled an anti-China disruptor.

In July last year, she also showed support for candidates running in the pro-democracy camp’s primary elections, calling on members of the public to vote in the primaries for the postponed 2020 Legislative Council Election at street booths.

So far, 47 pro-democracy politicians and activists were charged over the primaries for breaching Article 22 of the national security law in Hong Kong and have been accused of taking part in conspiracies to subvert state powers in the hope of abusing their powers stated in the Basic Law after they are elected as legislators.

Meanwhile, the report also said Ho may be investigated for her actions before the enactment of the national security law as well.

Ho captured headlines in July 2019 when she spoke at the United Nations rights council about the extradition bill crisis and requested the United Nations remove China from the council, citing the SAR’s crackdown on Hong Kong protesters.

Later that year, Ho, along with Hong Kong opposition activists including Joshua Wong Chi-fung, and Sunny Cheung Kwan-yang, traveled to the US in September to appeal directly to the United States Congress to counter Beijing’s erosion of the city’s autonomy, urging lawmakers to pass a bill in support of pro-democracy protesters.

The Cantopop star was also one of the trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which announced last week that it will cease operations on October 31.

The fund was set up to provide assistance for protesters who were arrested during the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations, offering funds for medical aid, psychological counseling, legal advice and emergency financial relief. It also provided loans for bail money for arrested protesters.