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Lee Cheuk-yan’s wife released on bail for HK$200,000

Elizabeth Tang Yin-ngor, the wife of jailed pro-democracy activist Lee Cheuk-yan, was on Saturday released on bail for HK$200,000, two days after she was arrested by national security police on a collusion charge.
Tang, 65, must surrender all her travel documents and have her phone, ATM cards, and credit cards all confiscated by police.

She must report to a police station next Friday (Mar 17).

“I was scared by police as they grabbed my phone and arrested me the moment I finished visiting Lee and stepped out of [Stanley] Prison,” Tang told reporters as she left Wan Chai Police Station at around 1pm.

Tang, former chief executive of the disbanded Confederation of Trade Unions, arrived in Hong Kong from the U.K. recently and said she didn’t foresee the arrest.

She continued that her work has always been related to labor welfare and unions. “Why is that illegal? Is it endangering national security?” she asked.

She added she had no idea when reporters asked her if the arrest was politically motivated.

Pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao reported in September 2021 that Tang served as director of Asia Monitor Resource Centre, receiving HK$118 million in funding from institutions in the U.S., Germany, and Norway to sponsor the labor movement in Asia.

Another source said the confederation received about HK$13 million in funding from the American Center for International Labor Solidarity – a worker rights group under the National Endowment for Democracy between 1994 and 2013.
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