Date
26 September 2017
(From left) Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Cardinal Joseph Zen and Rev. Chu Yiu-ming at the Central Police Station in Sheung Wan. Photo: Reuters
(From left) Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Cardinal Joseph Zen and Rev. Chu Yiu-ming at the Central Police Station in Sheung Wan. Photo: Reuters

Occupy Central founders surrender, released without charges

The three founders of the Occupy Central movement turned themselves in to the police on Thursday, but were released without any charges, RTHK reported.

Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming and Dr. Chan Kin-man arrived at the Central Police Station in Sheung Wan around 3 p.m. They were accompanied by Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun and dozens of supporters.

They presented a signed letter, which states that they took part in a rally from Sept. 28 and may have violated the Public Order Ordinance. Around 60 people have signed the letter.

They were released by the police in less than an hour. Tai said they were told that they were not being arrested and they will be contacted if necessary.

Their case was handled by the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, which asked them to fill up official forms.

“The form has a list of seven or eight possible offenses that we might have committed. And we only admitted to participating in an unauthorized assembly,” he said.

Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying, the pro-democracy boss of Next Media, also arrived to show his support. However, opponents gathered outside the police station, shouting “Traitor!”

Meanwhile, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung reiterated that the Occupy movement is “illegal”, which has “seriously thwarted the social order” in the city.

He said authorities will take “appropriate action” in accordance with the law. However, he declined to comment when asked how the police should deal with the trio’s surrender.

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