Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, who scored a spectacular win in Sunday’s Legislative Council election, is being granted police protection after the localist and social activist complained of death threats against him and his family.
The newly-elected lawmaker and his family members have been under protection since Thursday night to prevent any untoward incidents.
The police arranged a safe house for the 39-year-old Chu, his wife and their little daughter, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The family will be kept there as long as it is deemed necessary, and the daughter will not attend school for some time as a precaution.
Chu, who won a seat in the New Territories West constituency, said on Monday that he and his family temporarily moved out of his village home in Pat Heung, Yuen Long to ensure their safety following the election.
On Thursday, the activist, who won more than 84,000 votes — the most by any candidate — in the Legco contest, went to police headquarters in Wan Chai in the afternoon and sought their protection.
Accompanied by his lawyer and several other newly-elected lawmakers, Chu said at a press conference ahead of the meeting with police officials that he had been threatened before the election and the threats have escalated after his victory.
He described the situation as being extremely unfortunate. If a person like him who garnered huge popular support in the election has to face death threats and cannot live safely, it raises concerns about the rule of law in Hong Kong, Chu said.
Chu advocates self-determination for Hong Kong and is also a vocal champion of environmental protection and heritage preservation in the city.
He has vowed to stand up against the Heung Yee Kuk, or Rural Council, and fight what he alleged was collusion between the government, rural forces and triads in the New Territories.
Having taken on powerful interests, Chu said earlier that he was stalked by some people on polling day in the Legco election.
Ming Pao Daily cited sources as saying that the people who threatened Chu indicated that they knew the location of the kindergarten that Chu’s daughter had been enrolled in.
After a six-hour meeting at the police headquarters, Chu told the media Thursday that the police agreed with his demand and promised to offer protection. He gave no details of the arrangements.
According Chu, the death threats came from people within Hong Kong, and not from forces outside the border.
Chu had been followed by some men in a car on voting day. News website hk01.com reported that the car owner, a person surnamed Wong, had a criminal record.
The Security Bureau said in a statement that it takes Chu’s complaints very seriously and that the police will conduct thorough investigations.
It stressed that actions aimed to threaten anyone’s personal safety will not be tolerated at all.
The crime unit of the New Territories North Regional Police Headquarters is following up on the case.
The Democratic Party, the Civil Party, and the Labour party, along with several other several pan-democratic groups, have all condemned the threats to Chu.
Jasper Tsang, the outgoing Legco president, called the case very serious and urged the government and the police to get to the bottom of it.
But he said that it is ridiculous that some people were trying to link the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), Hong Kong’s largest pro-Beijing party, to the threats received by Chu.
Leung Che-cheung, a DAB lawmaker and chairman of the Yuen Lung District Council, was involved in a land redevelopment project in Wang Chau in 2012. Chu stood up for affected residents at that time, and has also questioned Leung several times during the Legco election campaign.
Asked about the matter Thursday, Leung said he was innocent and that he had nothing to do with threats faced by Chu.
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