HONG KONG POLICE ARRESTED TWO PRO-DEMOCRACY LAWMAKERS


27/08/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Hong Kong Police arrested two opposition members of Hong Kong's Legislative Council on Wednesday in relation to anti-government protests in July last year, with one accused of rioting, the Democratic Party said. Police confirmed Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting and his colleague Ted Hui were among people arrested but did not provide further details.

BBC reported that the verified Facebook pages of the two opposition politicians confirmed their arrests on Wednesday. A tweet from Lam's team said he was accused of rioting at Yuen Long train station on 21 July last year. It added that police also accused him of conspiring to damage property and obstruction of justice on 6 July last year. Hui's office released video footage of his arrest, where officers said they were charging him with attempted obstruction of justice, access to a computer with criminal or dishonest intent and criminal damage over the 6 July protest.

Lam and Hui are the latest high-profile pro-democracy figures who have been arrested since the law, which is imposed by Beijing on Hong Kong that enabled Chinese government to subject anyone believed to be carrying out terrorism, separatism, subversion of state power or collusion with foreign forces to trial and possible life in prison if convicted, went into effect on July 1.  They include 72-year-old Jimmy Lai, the publisher of the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, and 23-year-old Agnes Chow, a former leader of Demosisto, a political party founded by fellow activist Joshua Wong.  The party disbanded shortly after the new security law went into effect last month.


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