Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers arrested for Yuen Long

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Lam Cheuk-ting (left) and Ted Hui Chi-fung were arrested at their home in the early morning hours


Two opposition lawmakers from Hong Kong are among 16 people arrested following anti-government protests, as the crackdown on democracy supporters widens.

Lam Cheuk-ting and Ted Hui Chi-fung of the Democratic Party were arrested at their home on Wednesday morning.

Mr Lam is accused of rioting over a July 2019 incident when masked men attacked protesters after a rally.

He was one of dozens injured in the attack, where police were accused of failing to protect democracy activists.

A police source told the BBC that a total of 16 people, including the two lawmakers, were arrested in the operation on Wednesday.

The latest arrests come two weeks after police arrested Beijing media mogul and critic Jimmy Lai under a controversial national security law that China recently imposed on Hong Kong.

Mr Lai marched through his handcuffed Apple Daily newsroom as some 200 police officers raided the office in an operation which also saw nine other activists arrested, including Agnes Chow, a young activist in the first place. plan.

Accusations on previous protests

The verified Facebook pages of the two opposition politicians – both critics of Beijing – confirmed their arrests on Wednesday.

A tweet from Mr. Lam’s team said he was accused of rioting at Yuen Long station on July 21 last year.

He added that police also accused him of conspiring to damage property and obstruct justice during an earlier protest this month.

The charges Mr. Hui faces are unclear.

The violent attack on pro-democracy protesters returning home after the July 21 rally at a train station in Yuen Long, northwest Hong Kong, was captured by victims and bystanders on cellphones.

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Media legendLarge group of masked men in white t-shirts stormed Yuen Long station

The footage, which went viral on social media, showed groups of men dressed in white shirts and believed to be gangster triads hitting passengers with rods.

Police were late to the scene and the incident contributed to growing mistrust of the force at a time when Hong Kong faced widespread protests.

Police have so far arrested 44 people suspected of being involved in the attack on the Yuen Long mob, seven of whom have been charged with rioting, according to Reuters.

Twitter users reacted indignantly to Mr. Lam’s arrest on Wednesday.

“We know you were protecting the citizens on the train that day,” one wrote. Another said the movement kept “the real instigators at large”.

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