Leung Chun-ying

Anti-CY demonstrators accuse police of abusing powers

Anti-CY Alliance members accuse the police of abusing their powers over 'political' arrests

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 5:44am


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Anti-Leung Chun-ying protesters said they might change their demonstration strategy from "marching" to driving on the streets in future and accused police of abusing their powers in the New Year's Day stand-off.

About 100 members of Anti-CY Alliance yesterday marched from the Legislative Council to the Police Headquarters in Wan Chai to show their unhappiness over what they call the "political" arrests of protesters on Tuesday.

"We will modify the strategy and organise a 'democratic drive' to submit a petition to Leung Chun-ying at the Government House to urge him to step down," said People Power's lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip, convenor of the Anti-CY Alliance.

He added it was the police who owed the public an apology for the chaos and inconvenience.

"It was the police who formed the cordon lines along the major roads, especially at major intersections, which created serious traffic congestion," Chan said.

The alliance's vice-convenor, the League of Social Democrats' lawmaker, "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung said they would lodge a complaint to the Independent Complaints Council about the arrests and the arrangements made by the police.

"I am sure police will charge us as a strategy to stop the Independent Complaints Council from investigating the complaint," said Leung.

Police yesterday reiterated that they had to act promptly to deal with the illegal activities of the protesters on New Year's Day.

They added if anyone thought that the police's arrangement was not appropriate, they were welcome to complain and their complaint would be investigated fairly.

Nine protesters were arrested for violation of public order and unlawful assembly in the stand-off in Central on New Year's Day.

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

Earlier reports said about 400 protesters had attempted to block the junction of Queen's Road Central and Ice House Street, and later Cotton Tree Drive, leading to long traffic jams.

The arrests were made after clashes and a stand-off between protesters and police on Queen's Road Central.

Organisers said 130,000 joined the four-hour protest while police said 17,000 people started the march in Victoria Park.

The Public Opinion Programme of the University of Hong Kong said more than 30,000 took part in the rally in Wan Chai.