Cardinal, pop star released on bail over latest Hong Kong security arrests

Denise Ho is a popular singer from Hong Kong and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights

A Catholic cardinal who criticized Beijing has been released on bail by Hong Kong authorities, local media reported late Wednesday, as his arrest under the city’s national security law prompted the US to demand that he be released.

Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen, 90, was seen in media images waving to reporters as he left a police station in the city hours after his arrest, but he made no statement.

Cantonese pop singer Denise Ho, who was also part of a group of veteran democracy advocates arrested under the law, was also released on bail, local media reported.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that two men and two women, aged between 45 and 90, had been detained for conspiring with foreign forces to endanger national security.

Zen is a former Bishop of Hong Kong and one of the most prominent Catholic clergy in China’s business center.

Ho is a popular local singer and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights.

Police said those arrested were administrators of the “612 Humanitarian Relief Fund,” which helped arrested protesters pay their legal and medical bills.

On Tuesday, scholar Hui was the first of the group arrested as he tried to leave through the airport to take up an academic position in Europe.

The offense of “foreign collusion” was introduced in a sweeping national security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in response to democracy protests.

One of the group’s trustees, democracy activist Cyd Ho, has already been jailed in a separate case for unauthorized assembly.

In Wednesday’s statement, police said they also wanted to sue the trustees and an additional person for failing to properly register the group in accordance with the law.

Academics who played a prominent role in Hong Kong’s now-decimated democracy movement have often been dropped from universities and struggled to find work.

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Originally published as Cardinal, pop star was released in Hong Kong’s latest security arrests

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