Nine activists arrested over anti-Beijing protest

Arrested activists shout slogans after thery were released by the police. Photo: RTHK

Arrested activists shout slogans after thery were released by the police. Photo: RTHK

A car carrying some of the arrested activists arrives at Western Police Station. Photo: RTHK

A car carrying some of the arrested activists arrives at Western Police Station. Photo: RTHK

Nine pro-democracy activists were arrested by the police in an early morning swoop on Thursday, with members of Demosisto and the League of Social Democrats among those taken in for questioning over a protest last year. 

League of Social Democrats chairman Avery Ng confirmed he was among those arrested and later said he had been released on bail after being charged with inciting others to cause disorder in public. 

Demosisto member Derek Lam said he had been charged with the same offence over the demonstration outside Beijing’s Liaison Office on the night of November 6. Activists gathered there to protest against the central government’s intervention in the Legco oath-taking row, a demonstration Lam said had been “peaceful”. 

He said the arrests were part of an attempt by CY Leung’s administration to round up protesters to stop them from taking any action on July 1, the day Hong Kong will mark the 20th anniversary of the handover. 

Other activists arrested included Demosisto’s Ivan Lam, LSD members Dickson Chau and Chan Man-wai, Sammy Ip and Lo Tak-cheong from the group Student Fight for Democracy, and the former president of Lingnan University’s students’ union Cheng Pui-lun. 

All of those arrested are due to appear before Eastern Magistracy on May 5.

Thursday’s police action came a day after failed would-be lawmakers Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching were arrested for illegal assembly inside the Legislative Council. 
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Last updated: 2017-04-27 HKT 13:51

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