21 March 2019
Students Agnes Chow (left) and Yvonne Leung (right) were prominent in the pro-democracy movement. Photo: HKEJ
Students Agnes Chow (left) and Yvonne Leung (right) were prominent in the pro-democracy movement. Photo: HKEJ

Agnes Chow, Yvonne Leung to be arrested for Occupy protests

Agnes Chow Ting, a member of the student group Scholarism, and Yvonne Leung Lai-kwok, president of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, were told Tuesday by police they will be arrested next week for encouraging people to join the recent Occupy protests.

Chow, 18, who resigned as a spokeswoman for Scholarism last October, said on her Facebook page she felt scared when the police called her, although she had predicted the arrest.

She said she has no regrets about taking part in the Occupy campaign and hopes all the pro-democracy fighters will support each other.

Chow must report to a police station on Jan. 16, while Leung, who was among the five student representatives in a dialogue with government officials about political reform on Oct. 21, must turn herself in on Jan. 17, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

Neither was arrested during the 79-day protest movement, which ended in mid-December.

Police are ready to launch a first round of post-Occupy arrests, with a list of 32 key figures in the movement as targets, the report said.

Among them are the co-founders of Occupy Central — Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Reverend Chu Yiu-ming and Dr. Chan Kin-man — media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, seven key members of the Hong Kong Federation of Students and four of Scholarism, and eight pan-democratic legislators.

Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong Chi-fung, who is on the list, said he has never regretted what he had done during the movement. 

Most of the 32 people face two or three charges, such as taking part in an illegal gathering with violence involved, the report said.

Those arrested will be allowed bail after they make oral depositions, without having to be detained for 48 hours, it said.

Police are also said to have in hand a list of nearly 1,500 people subject to investigation, including 955 arrested during the street occupation, 511 arrested in the rehearsal for Occupy Central on July 2 and others who were not arrested but had engaged in aggressive behavior.

Arrests could be made at any time, followed immediately by court sessions, the report said, once the Department of Justice concludes prosecutors have found enough evidence.

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung announced on Dec. 15, the day the last Occupy site, in Causeway Bay, was cleared, that the police would arrest the “principal instigators” of the protests and finish their investigations within three months.

Police said Tuesday they will continue to conduct intensive investigations and collect evidence without any prejudice.

Eric Cheung Tat-ming, a former member of the Independent Police Complaints Council who teaches law at the University of Hong Kong, said those who take part in unapproved gatherings might face fines, while those found to have been organizers might face imprisonment.

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