A rally held by Civic Party members demanding the release of detained mainland activist Wu Gan. Photo: RTHK
The Civic Party staged a protest outside the Liaison Office on Wednesday demanding the immediate release of detained mainland human rights activist Wu Gan.
Wu stood trial on Monday at the Tianjin No 2 Intermediate People’s Court, accused of subverting state power. The court said it would release its verdict later, but no date was given.
Wu – who calls himself the “ultra vulgar butcher” and said he would “slaughter” corrupt officials – was one of the first lawyers and activists caught up in an intense crackdown by authorities that began in 2015. Around 300 people were arrested as part of a nationwide crackdown on human rights advocates.
Civic Party lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki criticised Beijing for failing to follow China’s constitution.
He said if China wants to become a so-called first tier country, they should like all other countries, grant human rights to all citizens.
“This is a basic human right which has been laid down even in the mainland constitution. But the Chinese government never observe their own constitution,” he said.