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Hong Kong pop star labeled as 'anti-China' loses concert venue

Denise Ho had sold out planned series of performances at Arts Centre

Denise Ho appeared in court last month in support of fellow singer Anthony Wong who had been arrested for allegedly violating an ordinance against providing entertainment on behalf of an election candidate.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (AP) -- A popular Hong Kong singer and pro-democracy activist will not be allowed to perform at one of the city's top theaters later this month, stoking concerns that the Chinese authorities' crackdown on dissent is reaching into the entertainment and cultural scene.

The Hong Kong Arts Centre cited a public safety clause in canceling Denise Ho's venue reservations for her concerts, according to a statement posted Wednesday by the singer's company Goomusic on Facebook.

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