Date
11 December 2017
Lester Shum (left photo) and Alex Chow (right) were released unconditionally after refusing to post police bail. Photo: Facebook
Lester Shum (left photo) and Alex Chow (right) were released unconditionally after refusing to post police bail. Photo: Facebook

Student leaders released after ‘arrest by appointment’

Two prominent student leaders have been released unconditionally after refusing to post police bail.

Alex Chow, secretary general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, and his aide Lester Shum, were invited to report to the police Sunday and were dismissed an hour later, Apple Daily reported Monday.

They said the so-called “arrest by appointment” was meant to give face to police chief Andy Tsang and smacked of white terror.  

Both were charged with inciting others to participate in illegal assemblies, organizing or assisting such gatherings and participating in them, the report said.

Chow arrived at the police headquarters at 2 p.m. and Shum about four hours later.

Hundreds of people were on hand to support them, shouting slogans such as “No fear for civil disobedience” and “Shame on political persecution”.

Chow said told supporters he has been reading a book about the history of civil movements in Taiwan.

“Some people used torches to light the darkness only to be accused of trying to start a fire,” he said, quoting from the book.

That is exactly what is happening in Hong Kong, Chow said.

“If citizens do not stand up against the government, our descendants will live in ignorance.”

He said his arrest was a public relations show, adding he did not understand why the police still asked him about things that had been already shown in the interrogation video.

Shum said the police officers made him feel they were trying to get the arrest process done quickly.

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