A member of the student group Scholarism, which was among the entities that spearheaded the Occupy pro-democracy protests last year, was arrested by the police suddenly on Thursday, fueling an outcry among youth activists in Hong Kong.
Wilson Li Chung-chak, 18, was arrested for allegedly taking part in unlawful assembly outside a district consultation forum that was attended by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on November 24, 2013, Apple Daily reported.
Li was quoted as saying that he was shocked when he saw the police coming for him.
A police spokesman declined to answer when asked why Li was arrested one-and-a-half years after the alleged incident, merely saying that the student was charged with three offenses related to illegal gathering, the report said.
Scholarism leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung, along with some fellow activists, went to the Tin Sum Police Station in Tai Wai to stand in solidarity with Li after his arrest.
The student group said in a statement that the police move was outrageous. It alleged political considerations behind the timing as the government is set to table a political reform plan within a week.
Scholarism said it is prepared for more potential arrests of its members. Despite the pressure, it will not back down from its campaign against the flawed electoral reform plan, it said.
Li was granted bail after being detained for more than six hours. He will face a court trial after he finishes taking two exams for Diploma of Secondary Education.
In another development, a demonstrator who had participated in an anti-parallel-traders campaign in Yuen Long earlier this year was relieved by a court on Thursday from a charge that he had in his possession some police batons and used them as weapons during the protests.
The Department of Justice said it is withdrawing the charge as forensic experts believed that the batons found with the demonstrator were similar to those used by music conductors, rather than the police.
However, he and another demonstrator were still charged with possessing other offensive weapons, including pepper spray and knives.
Another court hearing will take place later.
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