Police ask 612 Fund to name donors

Local | 1 Sep 2021 3:09 pm

Police have requested that a fund providing assistance to those arrested in the unrest name its donors, sources said.

Named after a day of clashes between police and protesters on June 12, 2019,  the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund was established to provide legal and emergency financial assistance to those who were injured or arrested during the anti-fugitive bill protests.

The find will cease operation this October after the Alliance for True Democracy - the group whose bank account is used by the fund under a custodian agreement - said it plans to wind up.

The fund had raised over HK$259 million till July 31 this year, and has been left with around HK$4.9 million. It will need to raise HK$25 million more to cover the costs for around 1,000 existing cases, as well as the operation fee for the fund's secretariat.

However, sources said today that the fund, as well as the alliance, are subject to police investigation.

The fund's trustees and alliance directors were asked to provide details of their operations, including crowdfunding, bank transfers, information of donors and where the donations went. The trustees include former lawmaker Margaret Ng Ngoi-yee, Cyd Ho Sau-lan and Cantopop star-turned activist Denise Ho Wan-sze. 

Earlier today, Ho announced that her concert has been canceled because Hong Kong Arts Centre canceled her booking due to "public order" concerns. 

It was understood that police will investigate who donated to the fund and whether they are involved with overseas organizations or other illegal activities.

Under the national security law, the police have power to freeze the fund's assets or to demand banks' cooperation for investigation into money laundering.

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