2020/01/06 by James Hatton 1 Comment. A few days earlier on 20 April, a company accused Lam of infringing on their trademark on the Chinese name for the bookstore (銅鑼灣書店), which Lam claimed was a fake bookstore opened elsewhere in Taipei to target his. Between October and December 2015, five staff of Causeway Bay Books went missing. 12 Pak Sha Road, Causeway Bay. [55] The American Chamber of Commerce asserted that with the rule of law, Hong Kong was still a preferable springboard to invest from, compared with Shanghai or Beijing, but nevertheless expressed concern at the disappearances. He also condemned a protest that was to be held on the same day. [123] On 28 February, the three men appeared on Phoenix Television along with Gui Minhai in which they confessed to conspiring with Gui to send banned books to mainland customers and expressed remorse for their "illegal book trading"; Lam, further claiming Gui's books were fabrication, having been compiled from information obtained from the internet and magazines, acknowledged that the books "generated lots of rumours in society and brought a bad influence". [56], Leading pro-establishment figures cast doubt on the mainland's supposed role in the disappearances:[50] Ip Kwok-him said that it was possible to use mainland telephone lines in Hong Kong, so the phone call from a Shenzhen number did not necessarily mean Lee was in the mainland; he added that there was no evidence of abduction. [75], The Chinese Foreign Minister stated that despite Lee Bo's dual Hong Kong and British citizenship, Lee is above all a Chinese citizen. [95] "Freedom from fear is a thing of the past for Hong Kong and this applies to everyone: businessmen or student," said a spokesman for the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. SHOP 1H, 1/F, Po Foo Building, 1-5 Foo Ming Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 香港銅鑼灣富明街1-5號寶富大樓(利舞臺旁)一樓H室. LV to Close Store in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Amid Collapsing Sales. [132][129] During his detention, he was subject to frequent interrogations each lasting around 40 minutes during which he was repeatedly accused of illegally sending banned books to mainland China. No books had ever been banned in Hong Kong before. He held to the story that was in the letters published by Sing Tao, saying he "resorted to illegal immigration" to get to the mainland "to cooperate in a judicial investigation" as he did not want to draw attention to his visit. Address: 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. I should shoulder my responsibility and I don't want any individual or institutions to interfere, or viciously hype up my return". Unconfirmed sources state that he was taken away from his wife's home in Shenzhen. [100][102] The president of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, Jasper Tsang, said: "the China Central Television (CCTV) report [and broadcast of Gui Minghai's confession] did not seem to be able to calm the public. Television viewers remarked that TVB did not run the story during its prime time news programmes for the first few days after news of the Lee Bo disappearance broke. [97] In it, Lee also said that he had become good friends with his captors. [130][131] Lam felt he had no choice and signed away his rights of access to a lawyer and to inform family members of his detention. Phone: +852-34196789. [3][4][5] The first bookstore closed after the disappearance of its last staff member, Lee Bo, in December 2015. The store includes several thematic sections: New Arrivals, English Books, Humanities, Lifestyle, Art, Stationery and Textbook. [1][2] The first bookstore in Hong Kong was popular with tourists from mainland China looking for books on Chinese politics and politicians which were not available in mainland China. Completely wrong. Freedom of speech in Hong Kong is protected under Basic Law Article 27, and these independent publishers thrive as they cater predominantly to people interested in the machinations of mainland politics. [120][121], On 4 February 2016, provincial authorities in Guangdong confirmed that Lui Bo, Cheung Jiping, and Lam Wing-kee had been taken into custody in relation to a case involving Gui Minhai. [70], On the other hand, US-based writer Xi Nuo (西諾) released his book Xi Jinping and His Lovers that was turned down by Gui Minhai the previous year after he had received a visit from a Chinese government agent. His disappearance is the only known disappearance that occurred in Hong Kong territory, and thus sparked even more concern on whether the integrity of "one country, two systems" is being maintained. [23][24], Lui Bo (呂波, age 50–51) is the manager and one of the three shareholders of Mighty Current. What we have left is our legal system, but people fear that this may be under attack too". [12], On 10 January 2016, Headline Daily claimed to have obtained an exclusive video in which Lee Bo claimed that he was safe and that his disappearance was merely a personal trip. But that may be the point. [18][19][14] He was known to have been preparing to publish book by a Chinese writer residing in the US about Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping, entitled Godfather of China, Xi Jinping (中國教父習近平). [139][140], "Hong Kong bookshops pull politically sensitive titles after publishers vanish", "E.U. [7][8], On 16 June 2016, shortly after he returned to Hong Kong, Lam Wing-kee gave a long press conference in the presence of legislator Albert Ho in which he detailed the circumstances surrounding his eight-month detention, and describing how his confession and those of his associates had been scripted and stage-managed. In a frenetic commercial district of Hong Kong, sandwiched between shops selling vitamins and clothing to tourists, the Causeway Bay Bookstore touts itself … [103] Human Rights Watch was quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying: "Given that Gui has been held nearly three months incommunicado, in a secret location, and without a lawyer, his confession on state-controlled TV lacks credibility. [27] The Thai authorities have no record of him leaving the country. The last bastion of Hong Kong's guarantees is the law. [27] Gui has not set foot inside the PRC for a long period – he never attended to his father when he was ill, and did not return upon his death. [38] Since the disappearances of four of his colleagues, he had been doing anonymous interviews with BBC and various media. SOGO Hong Kong Co. Ltd. 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. We are the largest selections of quality children's book store in Hong Kong, and a wide range of educational toys, puzzles, games, and audio books. [52] Leung furthermore hoped that "anyone, especially Lee Bo himself, can provide relevant information" about his disappearance. [106] Hong Kong's chief executive said that he was unable to act as "the Gui Minhai case has not been reported to the Hong Kong police or the government". [8], In 2014, Lam Wing-kee sold the first bookstore to Mighty Current Media Ltd., but stayed on as its manager. "[104][105] Following China Central Television's release of videotaped confessions from Gui Minhai – and of Swedish NGO staffer Peter Dahlin, Reporters Without Borders condemned China's "dissemination of forced 'confessions' that have no informational value". [111], After his wife reported his disappearance to the Hong Kong police, a letter purportedly handwritten by Lee Bo was faxed to Taiwan's Central News Agency on 4 January 2016, explaining that he had "returned to the mainland using my own methods" to work with "concerned parties". Hong Kong Island East Merchandise Pick-up Point Welcome to IKEA Causeway Bay! A Bookstore That Shines as ‘a Lighthouse of a Free Society’ A Hong Kong bookseller has recreated his shop in Taipei, and it has become a symbol of … [127] Three days later, on the day he was due to return to the mainland, he held a press briefing in the presence of legislator Albert Ho during which he claimed that he was abducted by the mainland officials at the Hong Kong-China border control in Shenzhen on 24 October 2015. However, Taiwan had been there, the urges to own those banned books. What Hong Kong lost is found in Taiwan. Phone 3419 6789. [40] Choi, who had been expecting Lee home for dinner at around 7.15 pm on 30 December, raised the alarm when he failed to return home. The Cantonese The . [133], After March 2016, Lam was transferred to Shaoguan, where he worked in a library, but was prevented from leaving the mainland. Lam indicated the involvement of the Central Investigation Team, which is under direct control of the highest level of the Beijing leadership. [14] Lee regularly helped out in the bookstore. The organisation urged the EU to sanction CCTV and Xinhua for "knowingly peddling lies and statements presumably obtained under duress". At least two of them disappeared in mainland China, one in Thailand. A three-storey bookstore in Hysan Place, selling both Chinese and English books, as well as a large collection of stationery and accessories. 3 photos >. After Lee's wife cancelled her police report, Yiu Si-wing disputed the need for LegCo to discuss his disappearance due to the cancellation; Michael Tien said that if Lee had voluntarily gone to the mainland, it could not be a question of mainland officials acting across the border; Wong Kwok-kin said that kidnappers demand ransoms and not cancellation of missing persons reports. [36], Cheung Chi-ping (張志平, age 37–38), a manager of Mighty Current, was taken away from his wife's home in Fenggang, Dongguan by at least a dozen men in plainclothes. 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