Man arrested for ‘sedition’ over stickers outside own flat

Local | 28 Jun 2021 5:22 pm

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man for putting a "Liberate Hong Kong" sticker outside his own Shau Kei Wan flat. 

They arrested him for committing an act with seditious intention, after receiving a report that he put up the stickers in violation of national security law on the metal gate of his flat in Yiu Tung Estate.

According to reports, the protest slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” was written on the stickers.

Often chanted during the anti-extradition protests in 2019, the slogan has since been deemed illegal under the national security law. According to a government statement published last July, the wording has connotations with Hong Kong independence and subversion of state power.

The police’s national security department will take over with the investigation. The man has been released on bail and will be required to report back to the police in late September.

Last Tuesday, police arrested a 40-year-old man for allegedly uttering seditious words, after they received a report that a "Liberate Hong Kong" flag was hung on the laundry rack outside his flat in Mong Kok.

The crime of uttering seditious words is part of a rarely-used colonial-era law which can see first-time offenders jailed for up to two years and fined HK$5,000.

Prosecutors have used the law to charge People Power activist Tam Tak-chi, accusing him of chanting seditious slogans that incited hatred and contempt of the Hong Kong government.

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