Green activist is fourth Hong Kong resident to be denied entry to Macau in four days

Roy Tam, turned back ahead of visit by Premier Li Keqiang, told he ‘posed a risk to the stability of internal security’

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 October, 2016, 8:07pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 October, 2016, 10:38pm

Green activist Roy Tam Hoi-pong was denied entry to Macau on Saturday, becoming at least the fourth Hong Kong resident to be turned away from the former Portuguese colony in just four days.

They were rebuffed amid a security blanket being put in place ahead of Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Macau on Monday.

Tam, chief executive of Green Sense, stressed that he only wanted to take a break.

He wrote on his Facebook: “I was going to Macau on holiday with my family. I have already booked everything like accommodation. Still, I was not allowed entry to Macau. Maybe that’s because Li Keqiang will be in Macau next week.”

As he suspected he might be turned away, he boarded the ferry alone while relatives remained in Hong Kong.

“I had expected that I might not be allowed to enter Macau. But I had not expected that Macau’s immigration officers would refuse to give me back my identity card,” he said. “I have made requests that they need to give it back to me but they insisted on giving it to the ferry captain. I could only get it when I was back in Hong Kong at the Sheung Wan pier. That is totally unreasonable.”

As was the case with the three other Hongkongers who were turned away, Tam was given a written statement from Macau authorities that he “posed a risk to the stability of internal security”.

A staff member at the Government Information Bureau said no press officers were present to comment.

Social activists Fred Lam Fai and Roddy Shaw Kwok-wah and filmmaker Lo Chun-yip were turned back to Hong Kong while trying to enter Macau on Wednesday.

Li Keqiang is visiting Macau from Monday to Wednesday to attend the opening ceremony of the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. Other leaders will include the prime ministers of Portugal, Cape Verde and Mozambique.

Li said in Beijing last month that the central government would continue its policy of “Macau people governing Macau”.