（支聯會2020年8月6日新聞稿 Press Release）
Mourning June 4 is not a crime. Oppose political repression.
Against the abusive charges against Hong Kong Alliance Standing Committee members and pro-democracy members
Eleven Hong Kong Alliance Standing Committee members and thirteen pro-democracy activists have been charged with “participating in an unauthorised assembly” over the June 4 candlelight vigil
Today (6 August), Hong Kong Alliance Chairman Lee Cheuk-yan Lee and ten Standing Committee members (Albert Ho, Chow Hang-tung, Richard Tsoi, Cheung Man-kwong, Mak Hoi-wah, Andrew Wan, Chiu Yan-loy, Leung Yiu-chung, Leung Kam-wai and Leung Kwok-wah) and thirteen pro-democracy activists (Steven Kwok, Figo Chan, Wu Chi-wai, Eddie Chu, Leung Kwok-hung, Cyd Ho, Jannelle Rosalynne Leung, Lester Shum, Gwyneth Ho, Tiffany Yuen, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Sunny Cheung) were notified by the police that they are to be charged with “participating in an unauthorised assembly” in Victoria Park on 4 June 2020, under Chapter 245, Section 17A(3)(a) of the Public Order Ordinance (Chapter 245). Lee Cheuk-yan was notified that he will also be charged with “holding an unauthorised assembly”. The twenty-four will soon receive summons to attend a court hearing on 15 September when they will be formally charged.
On 23 June, Hong Kong Alliance Chairman Lee Cheuk-yan, Vice-Chairs Albert Ho and Chow Hang-tung, Secretary Richard Tsoi, and Standing Committee members Cheung Man-kwong, Mak Hoi-wah, Andrew Wan, Chiu Yan-loy, Leung Yiu-chung and Leung Kam-wai as well as the founder of Next Digital Media Jimmy Lai, Labour Party Chairman Steven Kwok, And Civil Human Rights Front Vice-Convenor Figo Chan were charged with “inciting unlawful assembly” (Section 17A[a], Public Order Ordinance [Cap 245]) on 4 June 2020 at Victoria Park fountain. A subsequent court hearing was held in Court No. 3 of West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts in the afternoon of 13 July. The next court hearing will be held on 15 September.
Hong Kong Alliance emphasizes that Hong Kong citizens have the rights of peaceful assembly and procession under the Basic Law. The police have used the coronavirus epidemic as a pretext for the politically motivated suppression of the June 4 candlelight vigil. They are trying to extinguish the candlelight of Victoria Park which has burned for thirty years and constrict the freedom of Hong Kong people. Mourning June 4 is not a crime. Hong Kong Alliance remains fearless in the face of political prosecution and political repression.