Denise Ho, the Hong Kong pop star who defies China

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Lucky singer and icon of the LGBT cause, Denise Ho is one of the few celebrities in Hong Kong to have engaged in the pro-democracy fight. A political position that drew the wrath of the Chinese authorities.

By Florence de Changy Posted today at 15h14

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Denise Ho, in Hong Kong on July 16th.
Denise Ho, in Hong Kong on July 16th. Anthony Kwan for M The World Magazine

Denise Ho, or HoCC of her stage name, which some say "hoc" or "ho-si-si", has long been a successful singer and songwriter, an international star of Cantopop, the favorite music in Hong Kong. Marching again at the head of procession last weekend, she is now one of the few stars of the former British territory to dare to stand in favor of the pro-democracy fight.

An engagement that has already cost her her career in China, where she and her songs, which have yet nothing political, have been banned since 2014. Her music studio, in which our interview takes place, has not been used since three months. Boyfriend cut and baby skin, we suspect Denise Ho to hide his 42 years deep in the pockets of his gray slim jeans, holes above the knees. Her big black boots undoubtedly serve as ballast, without which she would fly …

Prohibition to leave the country

She explains that the draft law authorizing extradition to China, at the origin of protests in recent weeks and now "suspended", could have targeted her. "We see how Beijing treats artists who say what they think, like Ai Weiwei (arrested and then imprisoned for nearly three months in 2011, he was banned from leaving the country for four years). This law put us, like other activists in view, in great danger. "

It "plunged" on June 12, the first black day of the conflict, when police targeted the crowd with rubber bullets and bean bags ("Polka-dots"), projectiles generally used in much more violent conflicts. Two days before our meeting, on July 14th, further altercations between police and protesters (which still resulted in 30 injuries) took place in a shopping center in Sha Tin District, and Denise Ho tried to interpose. "When the police see me, they tend to accept my good offices," She notes.

"When I found myself in this crowd of young people and basic Hong Kong people, in the smoke of tear gas, I really decided that I had to choose my side. Denise Ho

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