A total of nine Hong Kong activists, including members of political groups Demosisto and the League of Social Democrats, were rounded up on Thursday morning for their alleged participation in a protest over Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law last year.
According to Demosisto, police arrested the activists at their homes at about 7am on suspected charges of unlawful assembly and public disorder during a rally outside the central government’s liaison office in November over the Legislative Council oath-taking controversy.
The group said that at least two of its members, Derek Lam Chun-hin and Ivan Lam Long-yin, had been picked up.
Demosisto chairman and lawmaker Nathan Law Koon-chung said neither could be reached on Thursday morning.
Also rounded up were League of Social Democrats chairman Avery Ng Man-yuen, deputy secretary general Dickson Chau Ka-faat and member Chan Man-wai, as well as Student Fight for Democracy members Lo Tak-cheung, Sammy Ip Chi-hin and former Lingnan University student union chair Devon Cheng Pui-lun.
The activists were technically “rearrested and charged”, as they had been arrested earlier this year but were released after they refused to be bailed.
“This is the third time doorstep arrests have been made this year. The political suppression is not over yet!” Ng wrote in a Facebook post. He claimed he had been arrested on two suspected charges of “inciting others to cause disorder in a public place”.
Thousands took to the streets in November in opposition to the interpretation of the Basic Law by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee over the controversial oath-taking by Younspiration duo Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung-hang. Some demonstrators made a detour to the liaison office in Sai Wan and occupied roads and clashed with police.
Yau and Leung, the two Hong Kong independence advocates who were disqualified as lawmakers last year, were on Wednesday also arrested and charged for trying to force their way into a meeting of the city’s legislature in November.