Causeway Bay Books mystery deepens

Protesters besieged Beijing’s liaison office in Sai Wan yesterday as Hong Kong police await a response from their mainland counterparts regarding the disappearance of a bookseller and four associates involved in publications critical of the Chinese regime.
It is feared they might have been secretly detained by law enforcement personnel from across the border, reports the South China Morning Post. Demonstrators expressed outrage that mainland agents may have apprehended Causeway Bay Books majority shareholder Lee Bo, 65, in Hong Kong on Wednesday before spiriting him across the border. Police say there is no record of him having left Hong Kong, while his wife has said he called from Shenzhen and “will not be coming back anytime soon”.
Gui Minhai, the owner of the publishing house, disappeared in October while on holiday in Thailand, while the three other employees have disappeared since then after separate visits to the mainland.
“If mainland officers really came to Hong Kong to carry out law-enforcement actions and took people into the mainland, that would be a serious violation of the ‘one country, two systems’ policy,” executive councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun told the South China Morning Post.

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