A Hong Kong opposition party leader was among five men arrested on Wednesday and charged with unlawful assembly after first being detained by police near an anti-government protest outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University last November.
Lo Kin-hei, 36, vice-chairman of the Democratic Party and chairman of the Southern District Council, was picked up at his Kwun Tong flat during a raid by officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau just after daybreak.
The other four men, aged between 21 and 70, were arrested at other locations around the city.
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After being freed on bail, Lo wrote on his Facebook page: “ I am totally fine, please do not worry. Will live and work as normal until I need to attend the court. I will not be swallowed by fear and worries.”
The five were first arrested on November 18 for unlawful assembly outside the university in Hung Hom, where hundreds of anti-government protesters occupied the campus and engaged in a confrontation with police.
All five were released unconditionally at the time after rejecting an offer of police bail, according to the force.
After continued investigation and seeking legal advice, a police spokesman said officers from the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau rearrested the men on Wednesday.
They have been charged with unlawful assembly and will appear in Kowloon City Court on August 21 after having been granted bail, he added.
Separately, police have arrested a couple in connection with an attempted wounding and criminal damage that took place at Times Square shopping centre in Causeway Bay during a July 1 protest against the national security law.
Assistant Wan Chai district commander Kwan Chung-yin said the incident happened at about 7.30pm on July 1 after a group of protesters ran into the mall.
He said a 7kg metal pole was hurled down from a balcony as riot police moved into the shopping centre. The object nearly hit officers on the second floor. No one was injured in the incident, but a sign was damaged.
After checking security camera footage to gather evidence, police raided a Sai Ying Pun flat and arrested a couple – a man, 34, and his wife, 35 – at about 8.45pm on Tuesday.
As of noon on Wednesday, the two suspects were still being held for questioning and had not been charged. The investigation is continuing.
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