Taiwan condemns arrest of Hong Kong district councilors

11/22/2020 09:08 PM
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Yuen Long district councillor Henry Wong Pak-yu. Photo taken fromfacebook.com/henrywongpakyu. Wong uploaded a video of his arrest on his Facebook page
Yuen Long district councillor Henry Wong Pak-yu. Photo taken fromfacebook.com/henrywongpakyu. Wong uploaded a video of his arrest on his Facebook page

Taipei, Nov. 22 (CNA) Taiwan on Sunday condemned the arrest of two pan-democratic Hong Kong district councilors under Hong Kong's controversial national security law.

Hong Kong police arrested Yuen Long district councilor Henry Wong Pak-yu (王百羽) and Kowloon City's Timothy Lee Hin-long (李軒朗) on Sunday morning for allegedly exaggerating their election expenses.

Hong Kong police have made a series of arrests of media figures and politicians under the national security law, which was imposed on the territory by Beijing in June, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said in a statement Sunday.

The arbitrary detentions by Hong Kong police on national security grounds have infringed on Hong Kong people's freedom and human rights, said the MAC, Taiwan's top agency for China policy-making.

The Hong Kong government's frequent use of the national security law as a political tool to suppress political dissidents will only lead it to lose the hearts and minds of the people and undermine its status as an international financial hub, the MAC said.

It called on the parties concerned to exercise self-restraint and discontinue their oppression and coercion of opposition activists.

Aside from Wong and Lee, a D100 internet radio channel host known as "Giggs" (傑斯) was arrested Saturday for launching a fundraising campaign for young dissidents who fled Hong Kong for Taiwan.

In addition, three former lawmakers Ted Hui (許智峯), Ray Chan (陳志全) and Eddie Chu (朱凱迪) were arrested on Nov. 18 over a June incident in which a foul-smelling liquid was thrown in the territory's legislative council.

Shatin District Councilor Li Chi-wang (李志宏) was arrested by police on Nov. 17 for acting in a disorderly way in public in May near Canal Road Flyover in Causeway Bay.

Li was previously arrested on May 24 during a rally against the Hong Kong National Security Law in Causeway Bay.

(By Lai Yan-hsi and Evelyn Kao)

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