Date
28 June 2017
The anti-government group displays its hostility toward police in its postings on social media. Photos: Tumblr, Facebook
The anti-government group displays its hostility toward police in its postings on social media. Photos: Tumblr, Facebook

Anti-govt group mounts online campaign against police

A group calling itself Against HK Government has recently been inciting hostility against the police in an online campaign, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Police have been paying close attention to the group’s online activities.

Calling for “revolution against the government”, the group has posted graffiti such as “Hong Kong State”, “Support for policemen to kill themselves with guns” and “Families of dirty policemen all go to die” on the popular social media websites Facebook and Tumblr.

It also uploaded pictures of burning public trash bins, the report said.

On Christmas Eve, the group urged netizens to join a parade by students involving setting garbage bins on fire and making random attacks.

It called on citizens to go to the district of Sheung Shui at the border to beat up parallel goods traders and burn down their warehouses there.

Against HK Government also provided instruction in making “soda bombs” and tiny smoke grenades through video clips on its webpages.

The report cited an unnamed senior police officer as saying police are highly aware of the emergence of webpages and social forums hostile to the force.

Police are taking the matter seriously, as some of the content is related to the offences of damaging property and arson.

The officer said investigations and the collection of related information are underway, and police will make arrests if there is proof of any violation of the law.

Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said the group’s postings are, without a doubt, illegal and clearly violate the law against obtaining access to a computer with intent to commit an offence or with a dishonest intent.

Violators could be jailed for up to five years, and the sentence for arson could be life imprisonment.

However, Luk said, police may not be able to prosecute those who put the graffiti online, as there is no law in Hong Kong against insulting the police.

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