Hong Kong Protests Rekindled As Social Activists Arrested for “Publishing Sedition”

  • A Hong Kong man was arrested by the Hong Kong Police National Security Service on suspicion of "publishing sedition" on Sunday.
  • According to Hong Kong media reports, the man is Tan Dezhi, the vice-chairman of "People's Power."
  • At least 90 people were arrested during a demonstration against the postponement of the Legislative Council election

A Hong Kong man was arrested by the Hong Kong Police National Security Service on suspicion of “publishing sedition” on Sunday. According to Hong Kong media reports, the man is Tan Dezhi, the vice-chairman of “People’s Power.” Later that afternoon, nearly 300 people were arrested at a demonstration against the postponement of the Legislative Council election.

Thousands of police were stationed around the bustling Kowloon Peninsula where the protest took place.

Tan Dezhi, vice chairman of Hong Kong’s democratic party “People’s Forces”, stated on his Facebook page on Sunday September 6 that he was arrested by police officers from the National Security Service that morning. The police also searched his residence.

According to a report by Radio Hong Kong, the Senior Superintendent of the National Security Service, Li Guihua, said when talking about the arrest, “The police arrested a 47-year-old man under the Criminal Offenses Ordinance. He was suspected of publishing sedition.”

The senior superintendent of the National Security Department also said that when initially investigating the case, he believed that the arrested person might have violated Article 21 of the “National Security Law” and incited the crime of secession.

The Ordinance is more appropriate to make arrests and stated that if other cases are found to be more suitable for handling, they will be investigated together and the National Security Department will also use this principle.

Nearly 300 People Arrested In A Protest In Kowloon District

In addition, several Hong Kong social activists were arrested this Sunday afternoon while participating in an unauthorized rally. At that time, people marched in the streets to protest the postponement of the Legislative Council elections originally scheduled for September 6.

From the pictures at the scene, we can see that people are holding cards with the words “Five demands, one is indispensable” and “Return my right to vote” and protest on the streets.

Police patrol an area in Hong Kong after protesters assembled on September 6.

Radio Hong Kong reported that the arrests included Social Minlian Chairman Huang Haoming, Vice Chairman Liang Guoxiong, and member Chen Haohuan. The reason for their arrest was “suspected of participating in an unauthorized assembly.”

According to the police, as of 5 pm, nearly 300 people have arrested in the Mong Kok and Yau Ma area, of which at least 87 were suspected of illegal assembling, and the rest were suspected of assaulting police, obstructing police officers from performing their duties, and acting irregularly in public places.

Another 22 people were arrested for violating the ” Gathering Restriction Order”, including members of the Community Council Zeng Jiancheng, Cham Zijie, and Deputy Secretary-General Chen Baoying.

According to Agence France-Presse, 21 people have been arrested on suspicion of violating the law, “inciting secession”, “collaborating with foreign forces”, and “terrorist acts” since the National Security Law of the Port District took effect on June 30, including Li Zhiying, the founder of Next Magazine, Zhou Ting, who is known as Hong Kong’s “Goddess of Democracy”.

The Hong Kong government insists that the Hong Kong National Security Law does not infringe Hong Kong’s freedom of speech and assembly. Pro-democracy activists and social activists pointed out that the opinions and expressions that were once legal have now become illegal, which has caused a chilling effect in Hong Kong.

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