L’Oréal and Lancôme products are very good, pro-government activist Leticia Lee See-yin has said, as she pledged support for “international brands with a conscience.” The cosmetics giant has faced boycotts over a recent controversy concerning singer Denise Ho Wan-see.

“I have been a user of the brands,” Lee said on Wednesday. “We should support the Hong Kong sales team!”

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Photo: Leticia Lee.

Lancôme cancelled a June 19 concert after Chinese state mouthpiece Global Times accused Ho of being a supporter of Hong Kong and Tibetan independence movements, although Ho has rarely spoken on the debate.

The move sparked a protest on Wednesday calling for a boycott of L’Oréal and Lancôme, as the brand’s stores closed for the day.

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Leticia Lee See-yin. Photo: Facebook.

“[The brand] has been under attack and harassment after choosing not to work with an artist hurting Chinese Hong Kong,” she said.

She accused Ho of putting pressure on the company along with pro-democracy activists. Lee said companies should have the right to choose how they work with.

Lee is known for her support for the government during the 2014 Occupy protests – which Ho took part in. She has also organised rallies in opposition to the Umbrella Movement.

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A rally led by Leticia Lee supporting the police. Photo: Facebook.

Lee is also regularly seen outside court supporting the seven police officers who were charged with assaulting Civic Party activist Ken Tsang Kin-chiu.

She founded the Justice Alliance Party, though was recently embroiled in a controversy over alleged embezzlement of funds. Some members including a deputy president “expelled” her from the party in March.

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.