Hong Kong police arrest university student leader

  • Baptist University's Keith Fong was arrested for obstruction of justice and possession of offensive weapons during an early morning raid
  • He was previously detained for buying several laser pointers, which sparked protests across the city
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Fong's previous arrested for carrying laser pointers sparked a series of protests across Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang

Keith Fong Chun-yin, student union leader at Baptist University, was arrested at his home by more than 20 police officers Hong Kong police this morning. 

Fong was previously detained for buying laser pointers widely used against officers in last year’s anti-government protests. The latest charges are for suspicion of obstruction of justice, resisting official police work and possession of offensive weapons in a public place.

In a statement, the union strongly condemned “the indiscriminate arrests of student union members”, and called for Fong’s immediate release. 

Keith Fong was arrested at his home on Wednesday morning. Photo: SCMP/ K.Y. Cheng

“Since the national security law was passed, the Hong Kong communist authorities have carried out large scale retaliation and spread white terror through the city,” the statement said. 

Fong was taken to Sha Tin Police Station.  

The student leader was previously arrested by five off-duty police officers last August after spending HK$4,200 on 10 laser pointers at a stall in Sham Shui Po. His arrest sparked several protests, including one where protesters gathered to shine laser beams on the dome of the Hong Kong Space Museum.

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The laser pointers, which emit beams of red, blue or green light, were widely used during the civil unrest. Protesters used them in an effort to confuse police, or to prevent bystanders from taking pictures of them.

However, police later labelled the small devices, which they called “laser guns”, as offensive weapons, and claimed three officers required hospital treatment after protesters pointed the beams at them.