A group of Hong Kong netizens is lining up behind Uber Technologies Inc. after five drivers and three employees were arrested on Tuesday during a raid on its offices.
Citizens Stand By Uber, a Hong Kong concern group that backs the nascent vehicle-hailing service, ramped up its campaign as two more Uber drivers were arrested on Wednesday by policemen posing as customers.
Apple Daily is quoting cantop star Hins Cheung as saying in a social media post that the police raid on Uber showed the government is confused.
He said Uber cars are good and its drivers efficient and polite.
Meanwhile, pop star Denise Ho accused the government of double standard, saying it was quick to haul Uber drivers but continues to drag its feet on complaints about police brutality during last year’s democracy protests.
Police Commissioner Stephen Lo said officers will continue to crack down on “pak pai” cars, or vehicles without car hire permits.
He vowed more arrests and said the police department is seeking clarification from the Department of Justice regarding pressing formal charges.
He said the arrests were prompted by public complaints that Uber is engaged in an illegal operation and is a danger to passengers and motorists alike.
Also, Uber operators have no insurance, he said.
Uber’s recruiting center in Cheung Sha Wan and its Hong Kong headquarters in Central were both closed on Wednesday.
While the app still works, it charges 50 percent more, double in some cases.
Some Uber drivers said they have decided to temporarily stop until the situation becomes clearer.
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