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Update: HK police arrest 8 over unauthorized assemblies

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Source: Global Times Published: 2020/12/8 10:28:40

Eight pro-secession activists were arrested in Hong Kong on Tuesday, on suspicion of involvement in unauthorized protests in June and July, including fomer opposition lawmakers Wu Chi-wai, Chu Hoi-dick and Leung Kwok-hung.

In a statement sent to the Global Times on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) confirmed the arrest of eight men aged 24 to 64 on Tuesday morning, who were involved in two cases of unauthorized assemblies on June 30 and July 1.

The eight arrested people face charges including "inciting others to knowingly participate in an unauthorized assembly," "holding or organizing an unauthorized assembly," and "knowingly taking part in an unauthorized assembly," and are being detained for investigation under the local law Cap. 245 Public Order Ordinance. Their cases will be arraigned in court on December 17.

The arrest happened after an in-depth investigation and legal advice from the Department of Justice, the HKPF noted.

Wu wrote on his Facebook page that he was arrested at home at 6:35 am on Tuesday. He was suspected of joining and inciting others to join an unlawful assembly. Chu provided similar information on his Facebook page.

District Council member Andy Chui and Lancelot Chan are also among the arrested, local media outlet RTHK reported. Convener of the secessionist social group "Civil Human Rights Front" Figo Chan is also under arrest.

On July 1, the day of the implementation of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, a few secessionist groups including "Civil Human Rights Front" launched a march without authorization. A large number of violent protesters set fire to and vandalized stores, with some people chanting slogans against the National Security Law and calling for "Hong Kong Independence."

On Monday, the HKPF also arrested eight pro-secession activists involved in the graduation parade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in November.

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