Hong Kong singer and activist Denise Ho (何韻詩) was looking forward to headlining her concert next week, but she was forced to put the brakes after the venue abruptly terminated the lease agreement. The cancellation follows news reports that the singer is being scrutinized for her pro-democracy activities.
The Hong Kong Arts Centre issued a statement and cited the singer violated a clause in public safety as a reason for the termination. However, Denise’s music label Goomusic denied that their concert has any public safety risks, and claimed that they have not received any further evidence or explanation of any violation against the terms.
Expressing their disappointment, Goomusic criticized the Hong Kong Arts Centre over the handling of the situation, “Established in 1977, with the objective to promote contemporary performing arts, which has been running successfully and independently all these years, we doubt very much where the [The Hong Kong Arts Centre] is heading, and how they are going to face the public in the future. We reserve our rights to pursue legal action, and claim all losses and damages against the HKAC of this cancellation.”
Denise is Under the Radar for Pro-Democracy Activism
As an outspoken activist, Denise has publicly voiced her support for Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy movement protest. She is one of the trustees for the 612 Humanitarian Support Fund which was set up to provide financial and legal support to those injured, arrested or attacked during the protest. While the fund has been suspended, it is currently being investigated on suspicion of violating the National Security Law and assisting Hong Kong’s rioters.
Aside from being linked to the 612 Humanitarian Support Fund, Denise is under local authority’s radar for participating in last year’s banned June 4th candle vigil and the Hong Kong-Taiwan’s 929 March Against Totalitarianism demonstration.
Internationally, Denise’s activism ruffled some feathers after she urged the United States Congress for actions in defending Hong Kong’s autonomy, and called on the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to remove China from the organization.
Source: World Journal
This article is written by sammi for JayneStars.com.