Four locals turned away from HK, questioned by Macau police

Four Macau residents were denied entry to Hong Kong on Sunday, possibly because some of them were wearing black shirts and were believed traveling to join the protests. They were questioned and had their pictures taken by Macau police officers, according to a report by Orange Post.

On Sunday, upon arriving at Sheung Wan ferry terminal, those who were in black clothes were stopped at the identification check terminal in Hong Kong, before being taken to an office for further investigation and questioning.

Hong Kong’s immigration authority asked them about the purpose of their visit and the reason they were dressed in black.

After the questioning, the four were denied entry because they “did not pass the tests.”

The Hong Kong immigration authority did not explain what the “tests” consisted of, and, in turn, the HK police authority only repeated “we don’t need to explain to you. You didn’t pass our tests and you can’t enter. Next time you visit Hong Kong, you will be tested independently, and you must have proof [of the reason for your visit]” according to Carol, who was one of the four visitors.

The four people were held by the Hong Kong immigration authority for approximately two hours before they were deported to Macau.

Later, when they arrived in Macau, they were allegedly stopped by Macau police officers in plain clothes. These officers questioned them with similar queries to the Hong Kong police authority, searching their luggage, and taking pictures of the four locals.

According to Carol, they had no plans to participate in the demonstrations in Hong Kong. 

“The government rejected entry based on a certain color [of the clothes]? Wearing white can enter? Even if we are going to Hong Kong to participate in the demonstration, what’s wrong with that? Is that a violation of the law?” Carol asked.

The four locals, a teacher, a student, a self-employed person and a clerk in Macau, have never participated in any student activity or demonstration in the past, they said.

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