• Fri
  • Jul 25, 2014
  • Updated: 7:43pm
NewsHong Kong
HUMAN RIGHTS

Yang Kuang still missing; fury crosses political divide

Hong Kong delegates in Beijing and even city's Immigration Department voice fear for activist

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 5:52am

A Hong Kong activist who disappeared after trying to visit the wife of jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in Beijing was still missing last night, a day after he was beaten and taken away in a police car.

The disappearance of Diaoyu Islands activist Yang Kuang, coupled with assaults on two Hong Kong journalists outside Liu Xia's home on Friday, have sparked outrage across the city's political divide and among Hong Kong delegates gathered in Beijing for the annual sessions of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and National People's Congress.

Tam Yiu-chung, a CPPCC delegate, said: "The government bureaus in Beijing should be more transparent and should explain what is happening."

As pan-democratic groups demanded Beijing authorities investigate, a spokesman for Hong Kong's Immigration Department said it had not received any calls for help. He said the department was "highly concerned" and would liaise with the government's office in Beijing.

Yang was last seen on Friday night, hours after he tried to visit Liu Xia, who is under extralegal house arrest. Her husband was jailed for 11 years in December 2009 for subversion.

In a video clip on YouTube, a man who resembles Yang is seen being attacked by a dozen men at about 10pm before being taken away in a police car.

Earlier, as Yang tried to see Liu, several unidentified men pushed him before turning to hit TVB cameraman Tam Wing-man and Now TV cameraman Wong Kim-fai, who were filming him.

Tam was punched in the face and pushed to the ground, and five or six men stamped on him. The men also grabbed Wong and tried to snatch his camera before hitting him on the head.

Under mainland law, the family of a person summoned by officials must be notified within 24 hours. Yang's mobile phone remained switched off last night.

Chan Yue-nam, vice-chairman of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, said he believed Yang was being held by public security officers.

Chan said Yang "always acts on his own", and the group had not been aware he was in Beijing.

NPC deputy Ma Fung-kwok said some delegates expressed their concerns yesterday to Li Fei, deputy director of the NPC's Legislative Affairs Committee.

"Li did not respond on the matter," he said. "He emphasised that [China] must … legislate whenever necessary, enforce the law strictly, and punish whoever breaks the law. I hope that these principles would apply in this incident as well," Ma added, referring to the attackers.

Fellow NPC deputy Miriam Lau Kin-yee said she might raise concerns with Beijing officials. Former police commissioner Tang King-shing, a CPPCC delegate, called the attacks serious and totally unacceptable.

League of Social Democrats lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung urged central leadership to condemn the violence. NeoDemocrats lawmaker Gary Fan Kwok-wai said he would write in protest to Communist Party chief Xi Jinping .

The Democratic Party's Albert Ho Chun-yan said the incident raised fears of "gangster politics".

Share

More on this story

For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive
 
 

 

6

This article is now closed to comments

chaz_hen
"Under mainland law..." Now there's a good laugh
ianson
Writing to top gangster Xi Jinping is not likely to be of any use. The only solution is to throw him and his Party thugs out entirely.
the sun also rises
Now even the pro-establshment politicians voiced their disgruntled views against the beating up of Hong Kong cameramen-****-reporters by plainclothes cops outside the housing estate where Liu Xia is being under extralegal house arrest. Our reporters were just filming or taking pictures of activist and skipper of 'Bo Diao' boat, mr.Yeung Hong who was trying to visit Liu Xia on March 8th---the international Women's Day ! What was wrong with that ? The brutal and rude acts committed by these so-called national security guys were really too much ! Yeung Hong was beaten up by over 10 such nasty guys in Fung Toi District outside a handicapped woman's residence while boarding a taxi.He was made 'disappeared' for over 24 hours and was expelled from Mainland and sent back by air this afternoon.His offence was said to be: causing troubles---referring to the beating-up incident outside Liu Xia's residence maybe.How absurd and uncivilized it is ! Shame on the Chinese government which pledges to rule by law ! Which law allows cops to beat up innocent citizens ? I wonder.
HiggsSinglet
Mainland law??? Which set of law?
 
 
 
 
 

Login

SCMP.com Account

or