Denise Ho, the pop, gay and pro-democracy star who stood up to the Chinese regime and was arrested in Hong Kong

Denise Ho during a free concert in 2016, after luxury brand Lancome canceled a promotional concert with the star, citing “security reasons” (REUTERS / Bobby Yip / file) (Bobby Yip /)

Among those arrested during the raid this Wednesday against the Hong Kong newspaper Stand News it’s found Denise ho, a pop star and prominent pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong.

Denise ho, who was part of the board of directors of the newspaper, she was arrested at her home Wednesday morning by the city’s national security police.

The police spent more than two hours at Ho’s house, according to his assistant said. Officers seized phones and computers, as well as Ho’s ID card and passport. She was then taken to a police station, according to a post on Ho’s verified Facebook page.

Denise Ho in a Hong Kong court to support pro-democracy activist Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, (REUTERS / Tyrone Siu)
Denise Ho in a Hong Kong court to support pro-democracy activist Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, (REUTERS / Tyrone Siu) (TYRONE SIU /)

Along with the singer, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper was also arrested. Patrick Lam, the former editor-in-chief, Chung Pui-kuen, and three other members of the board of directors resigned in June, including the lawyer Margaret Ng. Subsequently, the police confirmed that a seventh person had been arrested. They have been accused by the police of “Conspiracy to publish seditious material.”

Arrests Concerns rose over shrinking press freedom in Hong Kong, a city theoretically semi-autonomous and regional headquarters of numerous international media, in which the Chinese regime is expanding its control since the 2019 protests.

From pop megastar to activist

Ho was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Canada. She found fame in the early 2000s with a string of successful albums, before embarking on an equally successful acting career.

He later became an international face of Hong Hong’s pro-democracy movement., appearing before the United Nations and the United States Congress.

Ho began his activism in 2012, when he came out as gay.

In 2014, he joined the mass demonstrations in favor of democracy in the “Movement of the Umbrellas”, becoming one of the movement’s highest-profile supporters.

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Agnes Chow, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, Tiffany Yuen Ka-wai, Denise Ho Wan See, Lester Shum, Eddie Chu, Joshua Wong and Gregory Wong pose for a photo in a campaign during the primary elections aimed at selecting candidates for democracy, in Hong Kong, China, July 11, 2020. (REUTERS / Tyrone Siu / File Photo) (TYRONE SIU /)

When protests for democracy and against Chinese repression returned to the streets of Hong Kong in 2019, Ho marched again with the protesters.

He also used his platform to seek international support, an activism that cost him the support of sponsors and organizers, blacklisting and censorship in mainland China.

In recent years, Chinese state media have attacked Ho as “Hong Kong poison.” In 2016, amid criticism of Beijing’s Ho, the luxury brand Lancome canceled a promotional concert with the star, citing “security reasons.”

In July 2019, Ho spoke to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, urging the UN to “protect the people of Hong Kong” and remove China from the body. The singer argued that China had breached the commitments it made when it took control of Hong Kong in 1997, echoing the concerns of millions of Hong Kongers protesting at the time.

During the UN speech, Chinese diplomats repeatedly interrupted her, accusing her of violating the UN constitution and attacking “without foundation” the model of government of Hong Kong “one country, two systems.”

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In 2020 the documentary “Denise Ho: Becoming the Song” was released, which explores the path of an artist who has put his life and career on the line to support the struggle of Hong Kong citizens to maintain their identity and freedom.

The film follows Denise on the road as she travels across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom as she prepares to release a new hit song, attempting to rebuild her career.

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