In line with the tactics of the Peking regime, also in Hong Kong we see more and more harassment of activists and NGO’s. There are increasing numbers of cases where police is trying to intimidate those who oppose the new Peking masters. And the way I see it, purely to make the arse kissing Hong Kong pro-Peking cronies in the government look good.
This is from the South China Morning Post of 10 January, 2010.
Four organised crime and triad bureau officers yesterday arrested activist Christina Chan Hau-man over an alleged assault of a policewoman during the New Year’s Day pro-democracy protest outside the central government’s liaison office.
The plain-clothes officers arrested Chan as she emerged from the RTHK building in Kowloon Tong after participating in a radio programme where young people shared their experiences on politicking.
She was taken to the Kowloon City station before being transferred to police headquarters in Wan Chai. Chan, who was accompanied by a lawyer, was released around 3.30pm. She described the experience as “white terror” and believed the arrest was politically motivated as police had picked her to warn off other protesters. Chan said media would report her case because of her high profile.
She is believed to be the only person arrested so far over the New Year’s Day march, involving thousands of people. Chan was among 10 young radical activists who broke through a cordon and charged towards the liaison office in Western. Tension built when several hundred protesters also approached the building, forcing the closure of Des Voeux Road. Two officers and a protester were injured in the scuffles.
Christina Chan joined an estimated 8,000 people on Friday protesting outside the Legislative Council building against the controversial plan to build a HK$66.9 billion high-speed rail line linking Hong Kong to the national network in Guangzhou. Lawmakers were debating the application for funding for the project.
Chan said that a day before the rally police went to her flat and asked her father questions, including whether the pair would participate in the rally.
She first made headlines as a pro-Tibet protester who was hauled away during the Olympic torch relay that passed through Hong Kong in 2008.
During yesterday’s detention, Chan was asked about her involvement in the alleged assault of a policewoman on New Year’s Day. She was also asked about an alleged assault on a police officer at a November 29 protest against the high-speed rail project.
Chan was released on HK$500 bail and must report to the police for renewal of her bail on February 22.
She would not be put off by the arrest. “Even if they put one Christina Chan into jail, there are still thousands and thousands of Christina Chans around. They cannot keep on using this method to suppress the civil society forever,” she said. “This path of confrontation must go on.”
She said in the car she was told not to answer her cellphone and at the station she was told to switch it off. Then, Chan was told to lift up her clothes so photos of her tattoo could be taken. “I first resisted, but they told me I must let them take the photographs.”
Lawmaker Audrey Eu Yuet-mee said this was odd as whether Chan had a tattoo was not relevant to the alleged assault cases and it appeared Chan’s rights might have been violated.
More than 20 protesters, including League of Social Democrats lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung, rallied at police headquarters to support Chan.
A police spokesman said the arrest was in accordance with the law. Police said violence against any member of the public or police officers would not be tolerated. He denied that Chan was forbidden from contacting anyone.
Yeah right, the law. These numbnuts wouldn’t know the law when they were standing on it, let alone care about it.