Eight arrested over CUHK protest last month

Local | 7 Dec 2020 3:39 pm

Hong Kong national security police arrested eight people this morning in connection with a protest at the Chinese University of Hong Kong last month.

Senior superintendent Steve Li Kwai-wah of the police's national security department said the eight arrested are aged between 16 to 34, including students, social workers and district councilors.

All eight are accused of taking part in unauthorized assembly, among whom three of them are accused of inciting secession.

Li said on November 19, around 90 people staged a protest within the university campus. During which, some protesters were seen holding up banners and chanting slogans promoting “Hong Kong independence”.

The eight were said to include CUHK graduates Arthur Yeung Tsz-chun and Eason Chan Yik-shun. Sai Kung District Councilor Isaac Lee Ka-yui was also arrested this morning.

Yeung wrote on his Facebook that he was detained at home by officers at 7am this morning and later brought to Ma On Shan Police Station at 8.30am.

Chan, also a Kwun Tong District Councilor also wrote on his Facebook saying he was detained by officers this morning.

Both their arrests are related to a protest at the university’s campus last month.

Last month, dozens of people protested against the university’s decision to move the graduation ceremonies online. 

During the march, demonstrators were heard calling for Hong Kong independence and liberation, prompting the police’s national security unit to investigate after the university filed a report to the police.

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