Macau denies entry to Hong Kong activists and filmmaker on same day Thailand deports Joshua Wong

Immigration authorities on Wednesday tell the three men, travelling separately, they posed a risk to internal security

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 2:32pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2016, 4:11pm

Two Hong Kong social activists and an independent filmmaker were denied entry to Macau on Wednesday on the grounds that they posed a security threat to the former Portuguese colony.

Fred Lam Fai, one of the activists who was turned away, said he was to give a talk at a secondary school in Macau on travelling.

“The purpose of my visit had nothing to do with politics,” he said. “I don’t understand why they turned me away.”

Aside from Lam, activist Roddy Shaw Kwok-wah and filmmaker Lo Chun-yip encountered the same fate as they travelled to Macau on Wednesday.

The trio, who arrived separately, each received a written statement from Macau authorities saying they “posed a risk to the stability of internal security”.

The refused entries came ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to Macau next Monday.

Li is scheduled to attend the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking countries. The conference is to be held October 11 and 12.

“[The officers] didn’t tell me in detail why I was denied entry but I suspect it had to do with Li’s visit,” Lam said.

On his Facebook page, Lo, who was scheduled to give a series of film workshops in Macau, said an immigration officer told him he might be better off returning to the enclave on October 13, a day after the state leader departs.

On Wednesday, student leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung was also detained, in Thailand, and later deported by immigration authorities there en route to delivering a talk.

Meanwhile, League of Social Democrats’ “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung said he was considering heading to Macau to protest during the state leader’s visit.

“We will demand the release of political prisoners, ending authoritarian rule and implementing universal suffrage,” he said.