Local Pro-Beijing Figure in Hong Kong Dies From COVID-19

December 21, 2020 Updated: December 21, 2020

Leticia Lee See-yin, founder of a Hong Kong pro-communist organization, died on Dec. 16, after collapsing at home. In an autopsy, it’s confirmed that she died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party virus (CCP virus).

Lee was 56 years old.

According to a local police announcement, Lee fainted at home and her husband called an ambulance to send her to the hospital. She died en route. Hong Kong media Stand News revealed that Li had consulted a private doctor previously, but a COVID-19 test result turned up negative and she “thought it was a cold.”

Lee was known as an outspoken figure of the local pro-communist camp, and founded a group called “Justice Alliance” that supports Beijing’s policies.

The group holds activities to support Hong Kong police—which has garnered public criticism for violently suppressing pro-democracy protesters during last year’s mass movement.

The group also supported Beijing’s proposal to introduce “national education” curricula in Hong Kong, which drew scrutiny for teaching students to be loyal to China.

Lee’s Facebook page was last updated on Dec. 12, four days before her death, when she made two posts in a row. One of them was calling on authorities to send local media tycoon Jimmy Lai to mainland China for trial. Lai, who owns a local newspaper known for being vocally critical of Beijing, was recently arrested and charged under the new national security law.

The other post criticized Baggio Leung Chung-hang, a former Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker who recently fled to the United States.

Lee founded Justice Alliance in October 2013. But in 2016, the Justice Alliance announced that Lee was expelled from the organization for embezzlement.

In 2013, Hong Kong elementary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze openly criticized a local pro-Beijing youth association for harassing adherents of Falun Gong, a spiritual group that is severely persecuted in China but is freely practiced in Hong Kong. Lam condemned local police for not taking action against the youth association. During that time, Lee initiated many rallies calling for Lam’s resignation.

Right before the Umbrella pro-democracy movement ignited in 2014, Lee called on Beijing supporters to wear blue ribbons and express support for the police to use force against protesters. She also established the Alliance in Support of our Police Force and organized pro-police rallies.

In the 2019 anti-extradition bill movement, Lee and the Alliance in Support of our Police Force also supported the Hong Kong government and police in suppressing protesters. In October 2020, Lee presented flowers to police commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung.

Regarding the death of Lee, some netizens remarked that Li loved the Chinese Communist Party all her life and was killed by the CCP virus in the end. Others thought that her death was retribution for her deeds.

The pro-Beijing camp mostly remained silent following her death, except for pro-Beijing lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, who sent her condolences.