Just in: @HKAA1989 announced that given the more and more intense political crackdown in #HongKong, the alliance has decided to lay off all the staff due to the increased legal and political risks. They will also reduce the number of standing committee members from 20 to 14.
The alliance said given the reduced number of SC members and the decision to let go all the employees, the operation of the alliance will be affected in the future. They hope all sides will understand this and the promise to keep moving forward one step at a time.
Several of the alliance's key members have been arrested and detained by #HongKong police over the last few months for their participation in various rallies that dated all the way back to 2019, including Albert Ho, Lee Cheuk-yan and the vice chairperson @zouxingtong.
It is the key organization that was responsible for organizing the annual #TiananmenVigil every year for decades in #HongKong. The vigil was banned from taking place this year and Chow was arrested and charged for inciting others to join the vigil.

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