The Guardian has reported that the bank of HSBC is freezing accounts of Hong Kong people and companies that supported freedom and democracy movements.
Hong Kong blue thugs have raided a church, just hours after its pastor said HSBC had frozen bank accounts belonging to him, his wife and the church’s charity.
Hong Kong blue thugs arrested eight more opposition figures on Tuesday as their crackdown on dissent in the city continued.
In an open letter to HSBC and its executives, the Good Neighbour North District church urged the bank to unfreeze the accounts of pastor Chan, his wife and the church’s charity. The church said the HSBC accounts were their only accounts, and their freezing would lead to the termination of its hostel services for homeless people in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday afternoon, Chan revealed he and his family had left Hong Kong and were in the UK on what he termed a “sabbatical”. In a Facebook video he said the family now had no financial support and returning to Hong Kong seemed impossible.
Chan said the public donations to the church were legal, but did not say if there was any investigation ongoing. He said HSBC had become “a tool for the regime’s attempt to take political revenge via economic oppression”.
“All dissenting voices, despite their peaceful and rational expressions, are disallowed,” he said, and called on people “protect the core values of Hong Kong and voice your concerns over the regime’s attempt to manoeuvre private properties”.