Date
19 September 2017
Stalwarts of the pan-democratic camp display yellow umbrellas to show their support for Civic Party's Tanya Chan at the Wan Chai police headquarters on Monday. Photo: Facebook
Stalwarts of the pan-democratic camp display yellow umbrellas to show their support for Civic Party's Tanya Chan at the Wan Chai police headquarters on Monday. Photo: Facebook

Tanya Chan released after seven hours of ‘scheduled arrest’

Civic Party vice-chairperson Tanya Chan said she was arrested after going to the Wan Chai police headquarters at around 2 p.m. Monday at the request of the police.

Chan was detained at the police station for seven hours on suspicion of instigating others to take part in an unauthorized assembly, the Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

She said she was released at 9 p.m. unconditionally, after she refused to put up bail. Police told her the investigation will continue and they reserve the right to prosecute her.

Chan became the first participant of the pro-democracy Occupy protests to comply with the police’s “scheduled arrest”.

She was accompanied by lawyer Michael Vidler and some 40 Occupy supporters, including Joshua Wong of Scholarism, Lester Shum of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, Audrey Eu and Alan Leong of Civic Party, who held up yellow umbrellas at the police station.

Chan said she hopes the police will conduct their investigations in a fair manner based on facts.

Commenting on Chan’s arrest, Leong said Beijing is refusing to let Hong Kong people directly elect their leader yet putting the blame on pan-democrats.

Eu added that remaining silent is no longer an option for Hong Kong.

Occupy founder Benny Tai said there are many battlefields for the civil disobedience campaign — from the streets earlier to the courts at this stage.

Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung of the League of Social Democrats said activists who are being arrested without legal support could contact his group for assistance.

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