Date
23 September 2017
Hidden Agenda founder Hui Chung-wo (on his knees, in main picture) gets into an argument with the police during a raid on a performance venue over the weekend. Photos: Facebook/New Ears Music, Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda founder Hui Chung-wo (on his knees, in main picture) gets into an argument with the police during a raid on a performance venue over the weekend. Photos: Facebook/New Ears Music, Hidden Agenda

Seven arrested after raid on underground performance venue

Seven people, including the founder of independent music venue Hidden Agenda (HA), were arrested following a raid late Sunday on an underground livehouse in Kwun Tong.

HA founder Hui Chung-wo was arrested along with some workers and four British and American musicians, reports say. 

The action came after the police, along with officers from the Immigration Department, raided an underground performance venue at an industrial building in Kwun Tong.

According to Commercial Radio, immigrations officers received intelligence that British band Ttng (This Town Needs Guns) had been performing here without valid work visas.

Performers at the HA event Sunday night included Ttng, American band Mylets, as well as a local Hong Kong band named Emptybottles.

Music enthusiasts were reportedly charged between HK$220 and HK$380 for admission to the illegal concert venue at an industrial building located at 80 Hung To Road, HK01.com reports.

At the request of the Immigration Department, police officers with riot shields and police dogs were dispatched to the venue at 11:39pm.

Following the raid, Hui refused to leave the premises and got into a scuffle with the police. He is said to have suffered minor injuries during the incident.

The police arrested seven people during the operation, which also saw an immigration officer getting injured.

According to a social media post by HA, the arrested included Hui, a crew member, an audience member, three band members from Ttng and a performer from Mylets.

When HK01.com reporters arrived at the scene two hours later, they found the venue had been sealed off.

According to a statement posted on HA’s Facebook page, the organizer was accused of hiring illegal workers, and there were also complaints that the musicians did not have proper work visas.

It was not the first time that HA has found itself in the headlines, as the underground livehouse has been troubled by license issues even in the past.

The most recent incident came in March when police and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department officials carried out a raid, accusing the HA of holding live shows without a public entertainment license.

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