Date
15 December 2017
Bobo Yip, Wong Yeung-tat and Dickson Cheung (from left to right) were arrested by the Hong Kong police following a June 6 protest at the Legislative Council. Photo: nowTV
Bobo Yip, Wong Yeung-tat and Dickson Cheung (from left to right) were arrested by the Hong Kong police following a June 6 protest at the Legislative Council. Photo: nowTV

Activists cry foul as 3 arrested ahead of key Legco panel meet

Hong Kong police on Thursday arrested three people who were said to have been involved in scuffles at the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Admiralty during a protest last Friday, Apple Daily reported.

During the protest on June 6, activists invaded the premises of the Legco building and caused injuries to a number of security personnel.

The arrests were made a day before the meeting of the Finance Committee of the Legco. The committee is meeting today to discuss the budget allocation for a development plan for the northeastern New Territories.

Social activists Bobo Yip, Wong Yeung-tat and Dickson Cheung were arrested on Thursday, with the police also taking with them the T-shirts that Yeung and Cheung wore during the June 6 protest.

The police said Wong and Cheung were charged with obstructing the work of Legco staff members. The duo was latter released on bail of HK$500 each.

Yip said the arrests were clearly a political crackdown, and were meant to scare residents of the Northeastern New Territories against opposing the government’s plans. Yip will stage a protest outside the Legco today, calling on the government to scrap the related development plans.

Some people held a press conference at the designated demonstration zone outside the Legco building Thursday afternoon, calling on fellow residents to show up and demand the cancellation of the development plans today, the report said.

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