Date
20 September 2017
Kwok Siu-kit and Or Yiu-lam (seated, faces circled) were arrested by the police after the duo grappled with and subdued some men who attacked media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai on Wednesday. Photo: RTHK
Kwok Siu-kit and Or Yiu-lam (seated, faces circled) were arrested by the police after the duo grappled with and subdued some men who attacked media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai on Wednesday. Photo: RTHK

Police questioned over arrest of duo who subdued Lai assailants

Hong Kong police have been urged to disclose more information about the arrest of two Occupy volunteers who helped subdue some men who attacked media tycoon Jimmy Lai on Wednesday, RTHK reported.

Poon Siu-ping, a member of the Fight Crime Committee, called on the police to “disclose more information about the arrest to defuse public concerns,” the report said.

While “theoretically, police has made the arrest according to law… I hope the incident won’t affect citizens’ confidence,” he was quoted as saying, citing fears of “illegal cases”.

A group of men threw rotten animal organs at Lai as he was making one of his periodic visits to the site on Wednesday. The attack was launched by at least three males, who were subsequently caught and held down by some activists and handed over to the police. 

Meanwhile, two activists — identified as Kwok Siu-kit and Or Yiu-lam — who helped hold down the assailants were also put under arrest by the police Wednesday night for engaging in an unlawful fight in a public place, local media reported.

All five have been told to report back to the police next month.

Meanwhile, Lai visited the protest site in Admiralty again on Thursday, according to RTHK.

“I’m not concerned about my safety after deciding to join the protest,” Lai said, but added that the arrest of the two volunteers who helped capture the assailants yesterday was “unfair and insensible”.

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