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'Send me back to jail', says Long Hair as pan-democrats surrrender to police over July 1 march

Labour and Democratic party members go to Wan Chai HQ to 'confess their crimes' in protest over action against organisers of July 1 march

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 July, 2014, 8:08pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 July, 2014, 3:26pm
 

Leading pan-democrats protested yesterday about arrests linked to the July 1 march - by handing themselves in to the police.

Labour Party legislators Lee Cheuk-yan, Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Dr Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung and nine Democratic Party members went to police headquarters in Wan Chai.

They offered to "confess their crimes" and called on others to follow their example.

Their move came after five organisers of last week's prodemocracy march were arrested on Friday for "failing to comply with directions given by police" and obstructing officers. It is the first time police have taken action against the Civil Human Rights Front, which organises the largely peaceful demonstration.

The pan-democrats who went to Wan Chai had their details taken and were sent away.

They were joined by "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung, who was released from prison yesterday. After leaving the Lai Chi Kok detention centre, the League of Social Democrats lawmaker went straight to Wan Chai and said he felt like he was "walking into another prison".

This was a reference to claims of heavy-handed and political policing in the wake of the march. Police also detained 511 people who took part in a sit-in in Central after the rally.

Leung served four weeks in detention after being convicted of disorderly behaviour and criminal damage over the disruption of a forum to discuss the scrapping of Legislative Council by-elections in 2011.

Leung said: "I've been in detention for 26 days and I see changes taking place outside that are turning Hong Kong into a big prison."

Meanwhile, after a tumultuous week in politics, there are fears filibustering could block the approval of government initiatives by the Legislative Council's Finance Committee, which holds its last meeting before the summer recess on Friday.

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor Chan Ka-Keung said it was "unfortunate" that many relief measures proposed by the government would have to be delayed.

Chan said about 50 government requests for funding, including those for a low-income allowance and a new hospital, were still waiting to be approved.

Leung, meanwhile, appealed to lawmakers from the five geographical constituencies to quit their seats to trigger by-elections.

He said these would form a de facto referendum in which voters could voice their support for universal suffrage without screening of candidates in the 2017 chief executive poll.

He said it would also be more convincing than the unofficial Occupy Central poll, in which 780,000 participated, as the government would be responsible for counting the votes.

Watch: "Long Hair": Legco is an arena — you are there to kill the bull

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raymondspchu
He should be shaved, like common criminals!
pathing
Democracy is a western concept as as can be seen it is becoming failure.Most people do not know who they are voting for and those voted in do not keep their promises. Democracy is not for every culture. The herd mentality exists.
Byebye
He seemed not to be responsible and accountable for what he said, and has no respect of HK's law and order. He manipulated the situation and why was he not charged on so many occasions for his uncivilised and unlawful behaviour? HK is a civilised and educated society, and has law and order in place, we should not tolerate such type of behaviour that inhabits progress. A saying from Proverbs "a fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating" fits into what Long Hair just did!
Camel
That is what they do. Seeking attention with their show of playing victim.
Paradox314
I think what you are referring to is what happens when democratic societies become comfortable and complacent. They are vulnerable to being co-opted by powerful elites who use their knowledge of psychology to manipulate the masses through the mass media and popular culture. But the problem is not democracy - the problem is the unconsciousness of the masses.
DerekRhode
Democracy is retarded. Just leads to wealth inequality, government corruption from big business and eventually a police state.
iluvmycity
We already have wealth inequality and government corruption. Both of these without living in a true democracy - which didn't lead us to where we are. I believe the point of living in a true democracy is for the chance for people to get things done right their way i.e. by and for the masses. But maybe that's just naive.
BabyMan
Then it's not democracy anymore ****
Carparklee
And Mr. Long Hair, apart from trying to maintain your new refreshing new look... try quitting smoking also. That will do you and your fellow workers in LSD good. More importantly, that will help keep our Legco building away from fire hazard.
Carparklee
Mr. Long Hair, you are not Samson. You don't need to grow your long hair back to give you power. You need to lighten up yourself and become more positive in everything including on how you see the Hong Kong society is running. Filibustering, paralysing the government or self destruction are not the ways out for Hong Kong. Do keep your hair short and be awake.

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