Lawmaker promises Legco motion to free up the airwaves Citizens' Radio will resume broadcasting in defiance of the law, chief organiser Tsang Kin-shing vowed yesterday, just a week after police took most of its equipment in a raid. Legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip, of the grass-roots coalition League of Social Democrats, also said he planned to raise a motion calling for the liberalisation of radio airwaves when the Legislative Council resumes. 'It is something I have campaigned for myself for the past 10 years,' he said. 'But as to exactly when I will raise the motion, that depends on what other work there is on the agenda.' Mr Tsang said it would take about two weeks to raise the HK$70,000 to HK$80,000 needed to buy more equipment and go back on the air. Citizens' Radio had been broadcasting without a licence on FM102.8, within the band used by the Metro Finance station.Last Tuesday, police raided a Chai Wan industrial unit and three hill-slope locations in Kowloon. Police seized seven pieces of equipment and three sets of radio transmitters and arrested Chan Miu-tak, the unit's tenant, who was not a member of staff at the station. The station applied to the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) last September for a radio licence but has yet to receive a formal reply. Mr Tsang called the licensing laws obsolete and said the radio broadcasts would resume as an act of civil disobedience. 'We went through all the right channels and did all the right things to apply for a licence,' he said. 'If they take a thousand years to grant the licence then will we not have Citizens' Radio for a thousand years? Even if it constitutes civil disobedience, we will resume radio broadcasts.' Citizens' Radio still broadcasts on the Net, which the government does not regulate. Mr Tsang and about 10 others protested at the Chai Wan Police Station yesterday against Mr Chan's arrest, who was bailed last Wednesday, and to ask for the return of their equipment. Mr Tsang said police returned the bail money to Mr Chan yesterday and did not charge him. An Ofta spokeswoman said the investigation was continuing. 'If there is enough evidence then we will bring charges against the people responsible and we will apply to the courts to confiscate the equipment,' she said. She said the authority would continue to crack down on unlicensed use of radio equipment, which caused harmful interference to lawful users.