The pro-democracy party Demosisto has said its website has been hacked and replaced with fabricated “patriotic” content.

According to a screenshot provided by the party, the hacked website apparently showed a comic version of Joshua Wong – its jailed secretary-general – holding a book of the Basic Law, with the hashtag “Anti-Hong Kong independence, support Basic Law interpretation.”

Demosisto. Photo: Facebook/Keyboard Frontline.

The party does not support independence for Hong Kong, but it also does not support last year’s legal interpretation by Beijing relating to how lawmakers swear allegiance to China.

The website was also filled with Chinese slogans such as “Socialist core values” and the “Eight honours and Eight Shames” promoted by former Chinese president Hu Jintao.

“Demosisto has been attacked by organised hackers in the past. We condemn such uncivilised action in conspiratorially seizing ownership of information,” Demosisto said in a statement.

“Demosisto shall restate that Hong Kong is marching into… an authoritarian government with the cooperation between three powers because of the forceful interpretation of the law by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress last year, which resulted in the disqualification of elected legislative members and the deprivation of the rights of over 180,000 voters.”

File photo: In-Media.

The website remained inaccessible, as of Saturday evening. The party said technicians are working on its recovery.

Kris Cheng

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.