Date
22 November 2017
A Hong Kong dog has 'made history' by becoming the first of its kind to be detained after a pro-democracy sit-in. Photo: HKEJ, Internet
A Hong Kong dog has 'made history' by becoming the first of its kind to be detained after a pro-democracy sit-in. Photo: HKEJ, Internet

A dog’s ‘unlawful assembly’

It’s a dog’s life, really!

Among the more than 500 detainees at a Hong Kong police facility Wednesday after a pro-democracy sit-in was a canine, according to local media.

The animal was apparently bundled into a police van along with his master who was arrested for unlawful assembly at Chater Road in the early hours of July 2.

The owner later posted a picture of her and her pet while in detention at the Wong Chuk Hang police school, drawing huge attention in online forums, Metropolis Daily reported Thursday.

As the image went viral, netizens mocked the police, asking them if they were looking to get a statement from the dog too.

Police said the dog was held on by its owner after her arrest and was taken care of.

Some people remarked that the dog made history by becoming the first animal to get arrested for fighting for democracy in Hong Kong since the city became a commercial port in the 19th century, Ming Pao Daily said.

If Hong Kong eventually gets genuine universal suffrage, the city should erect a bronze statue of the dog, a person said.

While protesters complained they were given little to eat while in detention, the dog was apparently luckier as it was fed some rice.

The police said it was all they could do as they did not have ready supply of dog biscuits, Apple Daily reported.

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