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Lawmakers say their arrests at New Year's protest were political

Leung Kwok-hung and Albert Chan say the crowd was gone when the police moved in

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 January, 2013, 9:36am

Protesters arrested in Tuesday night's standoff accused police of acting with a political motive, with two lawmakers saying the crowd had already dispersed when they were taken away.

League of Social Democrats' "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung said he was alone, and surrounded by hundreds of police, for about half an hour before he was arrested.

No warning was given before the arrest was made, he said.

People Power's Albert Chan Wai-yip said he was walking to the Legislative Council to drop off something at his office when he was approached by police and taken away.

He said the stand-off was already over at that time.

They were two of nine protesters arrested for violation of public order and unlawful assembly in the stand-off.

The others included League member "The Bull" Tsang Kin-shing and former radio host "Fast Beat" Tam Tak-chi.

Leung said the police had surrounded about 100 protesters in a square at the junction of Pedder Street and De Voeux Road Central for over an hour.

Eventually all of the other protesters left the square, leaving Leung on his own. He continued to chant slogans and was arrested without warning when he went to pick up a bottle of water on the roadside, he said.

"It's ridiculous," Leung said. "How would an ordinary person know they were about to be arrested?"

Tsang and Chan also described the police action as "political arrests".

Independent Police Complaints Council secretary general Ricky Chu Man-kin said he believed the traffic was held up on Garden Road and Upper Albert Road because negotiations had broken down between protesters and police, who would not let the crowd gather in front of Government House.

He said the council would seek further clarification from police on the matter.

He also said the conduct of both police and protesters during the anti-government rally was satisfactory, in terms of distribution of fundraising stalls along the route.


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Many Hong Kong people had surely seen previously the irrational behaviour of Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung in meetings in Legco, and he was escorted out of Legco, after numerous warning by Jasper Tsang Yok Sing. Legco and Hong Kong are both subject to Law.
hard times !
Has our beloved Hong Kong become a police society as accused by lawmaker, Long-hair Leung Kwok-hung who was arrested by the cops in Cental on Jan.1st 2013 late at night for suspecting of breaching public order---leading his followers in chanting:'Leung Chun-ying,step down !' like a choir in a chorus ! and blocking the traffic by standing in the middle of Queen's Rd.Central where he was surrounded on all sides by uniformed cops wearing yellow vests.How could he flee/leave the scene ? I wonder.Now he is released on bail, awaiting to be sentenced in court.But I wonder why the old guy who punched the reporter of NowTV at Victoria Park ; those who threw water bombs or cardboard strips from heights are not charged with assualts or fhrowing from heights ? is our city really becoming a police state where the cops are paramount and C.Y.is the dictator here ?
Has it ever occurred to "Long Hair" and the likes of him that they get arrested for simply being irrational lunatics? It's too bad that they represent the democratic parties of HK. We have more intelligent people here, but the world only reads about these uneducated men who think they can do whatever they want.


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