Families of Hongkongers detained in Shenzhen can visit after quarantine, officer says

Family members of the Hong Kong activists detained in Shenzhen addressed media in a press conference on Dec. 12, 2020. Photo: Facebook/Save 12 HK Youths
Family members of the Hong Kong activists detained in Shenzhen addressed media in a press conference on Dec. 12, 2020. Photo: Facebook/Save 12 HK Youths

The mother of one of the 12 Hongkongers caught fleeing to Taiwan last August says a Shenzhen officer confirmed she can visit her son after she completes her quarantine.

Now TV reported Friday that the mother, surnamed Li, was told she could enter the prison as long as she showed proof of a negative test result following her 21-day quarantine, along with her son’s birth certificate.

Li’s son, Li Tsz-yin, is among the 10 Hongkongers serving a sentence in Shenzhen after they were trialed over an ill-fated speedboat escape to Taiwan. In a closed-door hearing, the 30-year-old was handed a seven-month sentence for illegally border crossing.

Her mother will finish her quarantine on Jan. 24.

The detainees have not seen their family members or friends in almost four months. In November, some family members received letters purportedly written by them.

But the contents of the different notes, which echoed each other in emphasizing that the detainees were being treated “well” in prison, sparked suspicion that authorities could have forced them to pen the letters.

Li’s mother and aunt, as well as the mother of another detainee, arrived in Shenzhen on Jan. 3.

The two activists who were underage at the time of the escape were transferred from Shenzhen back to Hong Kong in late December.

After their 14-day quarantine, which ended earlier this week, both appeared in court for their respective protest-related charges and were remanded in custody after.

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