Musicians arrested in Ngau Tau Kok immigration raidLocal | 8 May 2017 11:33 am
Members of a British band were arrested in Hong Kong late last night for allegedly performing without a working visa.
They were to report to immigration authorities in the afternoon today, according to sources.
The band TTNG, formerly known as This Town Needs Guns, was performing in an industrial building in Ngau Tau Kok when immigration officials raided the venue.
Scuffles broke out as the premises operators, Hidden Agenda, tried to stop officers from taking the four musicians away. Large numbers of police officers, armed with shields, were at the scene to help with the raid. Police dogs were also on standby.
Besides the musicians, three others, including two operators of Hidden Agenda, were arrested for alleged common assault and obstructing public officials on duty.
The band is on their Asian tour and had recent stops in Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.
Hidden Agenda operates a live house for independent bands. It had to stop operating earlier for allegedly violating land leases, and only reopened late last year. The operator was warned in March about operating without an entertainment license.-RTHK