Hong Kong — More Opposition Lawmakers Arrested

  • Two people were arrested at the residences of democratic legislators Xu Zhifeng and Lin Zhuoting.
  • At least 16 people have been arrested by the Hong Kong police, 13 of whom were involved in the Yuen Long incident on July 21 last year.
  • The arrest is related to two incidents.

The Hong Kong police launched another large-scale arrest on the morning of August 26. At least 16 people were arrested, including pro-democracy members Xu Zhifeng and Lin Cheuk Ting. Ten people were arrested for the Tuen Mun incident on July 6 and the Yen Long incident on July 21 last year.

Pro-democracy lawmakers Lam Cheuk-ting, left and Ted Hui, right, protest last year against attacks by alleged members of triad gangs on prodemocracy protesters in the Yuen Long district of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong police reported early on Wednesday that two people were arrested at the residences of democratic legislators Xu Zhifeng and Lin Zhuoting. According to Xu Zhifeng’s Facebook fan page, three police officers from New Territories North showed up at Xu Zhifeng’s residence early Wednesday morning and indicated that they wanted to search the house.

Lin Cheuk Ting’s Facebook page also stated that the police arrived at Lin Cheuk Ting’s residence at 6 o’clock on Wednesday morning for alleged involvement in the “riot” on July 21 last year, and conspiracy to destroy property and obstruct others outside the Tuen Mun Police Station on July 6 last year. He was arrested for riots and other charges.

Hong Kong news sources reported that at least 16 people have been arrested by the Hong Kong police, 13 of whom were involved in the Yuen Long incident on July 21 last year. Hong Kong media “Hong Kong 01” reported that the Hong Kong police also came to arrest the citizen journalist of the online media “Hee Hee Strike” at 5:30 on Wednesday morning.

“It is political persecution and revenge on Lam Cheuk-ting and Ted Hui,” said James To, another lawmaker from the Democratic Party. A reporter from the platform shared a live broadcast on the Facebook fan page.

When the police came to the door, the door slaps and doorbells continued to appear. After opening the door, at least five police officers directly showed their identity documents and entered the house directly. Then the police showed a search warrant and said that because of safety issues, the man was asked to turn on the light, and then a male policeman asked the man to stop the live broadcast.

Lam Cheuk-ting is removed by security during a scuffle between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing lawmakers at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong as the city’s pro-democracy camp tried to scupper a controversial law that bans insulting China’s national anthem, on May 18.

The Arrest is Related to Two Incidents

On July 6, 2019, a non-governmental organization launched the “Recovery of Tuen Mun Park” event. The organizer said that about 10,000 people participated in the event on that day, and the Hong Kong police said about 1,800 people participated in the event.

After the event, the demonstrators assembled outside the West Rail Station, and then transferred to the Tuen Mun Police Station. Lin Zhuoting and Xu Zhifeng went to the scene to mediate.

“Justice may be late but never absent,” said Junius Ho, a pro-Beijing lawmaker. Mr. Ho said he welcomed the police action, which was “necessary” and “met public expectations.”

In addition, on July 21, 2019, more than a hundred people attacked the public indiscriminately outside the Yuen Long station. At that time, Lin Cheuk Ting was also attacked and injured inside the station. The Hong Kong police arrested 6 more people in this case last Thursday. So far, a total of 43 people have been arrested. However, no one has been convicted of the incident so far.

It is reported that Xu Zhifeng and Lin Cheuk Ting were taken to Sha Tin Police Station and Western Police Station for investigation.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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