A day after Beijing-backed Carrie Lam won Sunday’s chief executive election, police are poised to arrest several leaders of the 2014 Occupy Movement, public broadcaster RTHK reports.
Lam said she doesn’t think incumbent Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has set her up by ordering the arrest of the Occupy leaders.
She said she didn’t know about plans to arrest the leaders in advance, and she doesn’t believe Leung chose the timing deliberately, the report said.
Professor Chan Kin-man, one of the convenors of the 79-day protests, said he had been told to report to the police.
Professor Benny Tai and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, two other leaders of the movement, had been ordered to do the same, along with legislators Tanya Chan and Shiu Ka-chun.
Democratic Party member Lee Wing-tat told RTHK that he too had been told to turn himself in at a police station, as did League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Rafael Wong.
Two former leaders of the Federation of Students, Eason Chung and Tommy Cheung, said they had also been told to report to the police.
The nine could be arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, the broadcaster said.
They said they would all go to the Wan Chai police station on Monday evening.
Professor Chan said he suspected the authorities had deliberately delayed the action against them until after the election so that it would not hurt Lam’s campaign.
“It sends a very bad message … when Carrie Lam tries to mend the differences, the conflicts in the community,” he said.
Joshua Wong, secretary general of the political party Demosistō and one of the most prominent leaders of the 2014 protests, said the phone calls from the police came immediately after Lam’s election victory.
He said he expects political prosecutions against student activists to continue.
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