05/11/2022 Hong Kong (International Christian Concern) – A Hong Kong pastor who was arrested and detained for sedition last month has been repeatedly denied bail despite his four attempts.
Rev. Garry Pang Moon-yuen was arrested by Hong Kong’s national security police on April 6, after his attendance at a January 4 hearing where the June 4 vigil (commemorating Tiananmen Massacre) organizer Chow Hang-Tung was being sentenced for inciting others to join the banned event.
Rev. Pang gave his applause after Chow made an appeal for herself, which was considered offensive in the eyes of the authorities. He was then charged with the intent to bring hatred or excite disaffection against the administration of justice, as well as encouraging disobedience to law and order.
He applied for bail on April 11, April 19, April 27, and May 6. Yet the High Court continues to deny his application. He does not have a lawyer to represent him. His case will be brought before West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts again on May 19.
Rev. Pang has been involved in social justice in the last few years, especially after the anti-extradition law and pro-democracy movement took off in 2019. He could be seen praying for the revival and religious freedom of Hong Kong, doing sit-ins with parents whose children were trapped during the siege of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, or showing support to activists who are becoming the victims of Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law.
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