Three arrests as protest heat escalates

Top News | Erin Chan 30 Sep 2020

Erin Chan

Three men, including two 19-year-old students, have been arrested for allegedly posting messages online inciting people to participate in unlawful assemblies and carry out arson, attack police officers and occupy roads on National Day.

The trio, with the third being a 30-year-old delivery man, were arrested over the past two days in an operation spanning Eastern, Sha Tin and Tuen Mun. Their alleged offenses include incitement to arson, public nuisance and unlawful assembly.

Also seized were three mobile phones and two laptops, said Tai Tsz-bun, chief inspector from the cyber security and technology crime bureau.

Tai said further arrests may be possible, as investigations are still under way.

The "Fifteenth Night" march, initiated by people online, calls for the release of the 12 Hong Kong fugitives who are under criminal detention in the mainland over illegal entry; the pursuit of police accountability over the shooting of an 18-year-old student in Tsuen Wan in October; and opposing the launch of a health code that will enable quaratine-free cross-boundary travel and the national security law.

On online calls for an October 1 march by the Civil Human Rights Front, police commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung said "the appeal board on public meetings and processions had rejected the appeal on the police ban on the march."

Similarly, the central government liaison office called the October 1 march "lawless" and "without limit."

A spokesman for the office also condemned people online who initiated the event. "They initiate violent confrontations, attacks on police stations and even incite others to buy lethal weapons such firearms and to carry out terrorist attacks on police officers," he said.


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