HONG KONG: Three leaders of political groups advocating “Hong Kong’s independence,” Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Agnes Chow Ting and Andy Chan Ho-tin, have been detained, Hong Kong police confirmed on Friday.
Wong was arrested around 7:30 a.m. on Friday enroute to the South Horizons MTR station, according to the social network account of his group Demosisto.
Saturday’s rally was called off after organizers failed to convince police authorities to overturn an earlier decision that they will not issue permits to authorize mass actions.
The Demosisto social network account said Wong was arrested on three charges and was taken to police headquarters in Wan Chai.
After Wong’s arrest, Chow was detained at her home, it added.
Chan said on his social network account that he was detained on Thursday night at Hong Kong International Airport as he was preparing for departure.
He was the leader of Hong Kong National Party, a political group that has been declared illegal by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government.
The Hong Kong police confirmed with Xinhua that its Organized Crime and Triad Bureau (OCTB) launched an operation on Friday morning and arrested a 22-year-old male surnamed Wong and a 22-year-old female surnamed Chow in connection with the siege of police headquarters last June 21.
Wong was arrested on charges of “inciting others to participate in unauthorized gatherings,” “organizing unauthorized gatherings” and “knowingly participating in unauthorized gatherings.”
Chow was arrested on charges of “inciting others to participate in unauthorized gatherings” and “knowingly participating in unauthorized gatherings.”
The OCTB also arrested a 29-year-old male surnamed Chan at the airport on Thursday night, the police said, adding the man was detained for inquiries in connection with riots and assaults on police personnel during a demonstration in Sheung Shui last July 13.
A person who is convicted of rioting faces up to 10-year imprisonment, Grenville Cross, honorary professor of law with the University of Hong Kong and former director of public prosecutions, said also on Friday.