Pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow voices surveillance concerns after relocating to Canada

Agnes Chow

7th December 2023 – (Toronto) Agnes Chow, a pro-democracy activist currently in Canada and having made the decision not to return to Hong Kong, recently shared details with the Associated Press, shedding light on the persistent monitoring efforts by Hong Kong’s Security Bureau. Since her departure from Hong Kong in September, she has received two calls from the police, prompting her to feel continuously surveilled.

Chow, who has opted to forego her bail and decline a return to Hong Kong, expressed dissatisfaction with the portrayal by the Hong Kong government of “lenient law enforcement.” She emphasized that she feels her personal security and freedom have been encroached upon, significantly impacting her mental well-being.

During her interview with the Associated Press, Chow deliberated on the matter of publicly disclosing her experiences. She raised concerns about the Hong Kong police increasingly adopting mainland Chinese-style “control and intimidation” tactics against dissenters. She expressed apprehension that any materials in the future could potentially be used as “patriotic” evidence, a situation she wishes to avoid.

Chow, a prominent pro-democracy activist, left Hong Kong for Canada and has expressed her decision not to return to fulfll her bail conditions. She stated that she has felt under continuous surveillance by the police even after relocating to Toronto, highlighting concerns about her safety while being thousands of miles away from her hometown.

Meanwhile, Eric Chan, the Chief Secretary for Administration, expressed today that individuals who have violated the law should bravely confront their mistakes and accept the judicial process, rather than resorting to escape and criticizing the National Security Law from abroad while discrediting Hong Kong. He described these actions as disgraceful and highly contemptible. Chan emphasized that the National Security Law is aimed at addressing criminal behaviour. While it may not be favourable for those who break the law, it benefits the general public by safeguarding citizens from external disruptions, ultimately benefiting the broader population.