The police letter said the request was made because it was “reasonable to believe” that it would help investigate possible crimes against national security. The alliance must provide the information within 14 days, or it could be prosecuted, he added.
Hong Kong police confirmed to CNN in a statement that they had asked “certain people” to provide information “related to the maintenance of national security,” but declined to provide further details.
The letter came after public broadcaster RTHK reported this week that the alliance plans to disband following Beijing’s enactment last year of a sweeping national security law that criminalizes secession, subversion , terrorism and collusion with foreign forces.
The Hong Kong Alliance has held the annual candlelight vigil to mark the anniversary of the crackdown since 1990.
The events in Tiananmen Square began with protesters in Beijing, mostly students, gathering in the heart of the Chinese capital to mourn the death of a former ousted leader, then to push for government reform and greater democracy. In the early hours of June 4, the Chinese army entered the square, with orders to quell the protests.
No official toll has ever been released, but rights groups believe hundreds, if not thousands, have been killed. Protests and repression have been erased from the history books in China, censored and controlled. The annual candlelight vigil in Hong Kong was, for decades, the only mass memorial held on Chinese soil.
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