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Hong Kong singer and Canadian citizen Denise Ho released

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On social media, official accounts associated with the popular singer who grew up in Montreal indicate that she is back at home.

I’m a little tired right now, but I’m doing fine physically and mentally. Thanks for your love.

A quote from Message written on Denise Ho’s Facebook page

The post clarified that the singer and activist was still planning to take part in an online concert on Sunday.

Even in the most difficult times, singers still have to sing until the last breath, can we read in Cantonese.

Denise Ho had been taken away by the police for conspiring to publish a seditious publication.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said on Twitter on Thursday that Denise Ho can count on Canada’s support and that our consulate in Hong Kong is actively engaged and ready to offer the full scope of consular services.

Mélanie Joly also said that she spoke with Rachael Bedlington, the Consul General of Canada in Hong Kong.

Canada remains deeply concerned about the arrests of members of the News stand

A quote from Melanie Joly

She also expressed her concerns on Wednesday, as did Conservative MP Michael Chong who for his part indicated that his arrest violates the Sino-British Treaty of 1984. We cannot ignore Beijing’s violations of international law.

A committed woman

Denise Ho did her high school education at Collège Jean-de-la-Mennais in La Prairie, Montérégie, before studying at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, in Montreal. She also undertook graphic design studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) before having a career in the pop scene in Hong Kong.

Denise Ho, known as the artist HOCC, is also a committed human rights activist.

In an article from New Yorker in 2019, she said, about one of her songs called Montreal, that the Quebec metropolis had taught him how to be a person.

My values, my sense of independence, my principles, my penchant for rebellion, they all took root there.

A quote from Denise Ho

Crackdown on dissent

Chung Pui-kuen and Patrick Lam, two former editors of the pro-democracy website News stand, from Hong Kong, which closed on Wednesday after the police search, were formally charged with sedition on Thursday and denied provisional release.

Patrick Lam was not present at his appearance because he had to be taken to hospital.

During the police operation, a journalist and seven current and former editors and members of the media’s board of directors were also arrested, including Denise Ho.

The raid was orchestrated as part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

The chief executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, defended the search, explaining that in a context of dissemination of information, incitement to challenge the established order could not be tolerated.

For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the Hong Kong authorities to release those arrested.

News stand said in a statement that its website and social media will no longer be updated and will be removed. The media outlet said all employees had been made redundant.

News stand was one of the last openly critical voices in Hong Kong after the newspaper closed Apple Daily, which closed after its publisher, Jimmy Lai, and key editors were arrested and its assets frozen.

Patrick Lam escorted by police officers.

Stand News editor Patrick Lam escorted by police.

Photo: AFP / DANIEL SUEN

Police also arrested a seventh person on Wednesday, a former editor ofApple Daily.

More than 200 officers were involved in the search, police said. They had a warrant to seize relevant journalistic documents under a national security law enacted last year.

The seven people were arrested under a Crime Ordinance that dates back to when Hong Kong was a British colony before 1997 when it was returned to China. If these people are found guilty, they could face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to 5,000 Hong Kong dollars (CAN $ 820).

Early Wednesday, News stand posted a video on Facebook of police officers at the home of deputy editor Ronson Chan. The one who is also president of the Hong Kong Journalists Association has been taken for questioning, the organization confirmed in a statement.

Ronson Chan, who was later released, told media that police seized his electronics, bank cards and press card.

The arrests come as authorities crack down on dissent in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Hong Kong police previously raided the offices of the old newspaper Apple Daily, seizing boxes of equipment and computer hard drives to aid them in their investigation and freezing millions of dollars, which subsequently forced the newspaper to cease operations.

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