Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Police arrest Demosistō activists after attempt to block Zhang’s motorcade on final day of visit

The police prevented pro-democracy political party Demosistō’s attempt to block Zhang Dejiang’s motorcade as it travelled out of the Eastern Tunnel on Thursday. The incident occurred on the final day of the Chinese number 3 official’s state visit to Hong Kong.

Party members involved, including chairman Nathan Law, vice Chairman Oscar Lai, and secretary general Joshua Wong, were stopped as they ran out onto the road.

The party broadcast the incident live through chairman Nathan Law’s Facebook account.

Demosistō said that they wanted to express “Hong Kong people’s demands for self-determination and tear apart the false image of peace and prosperity that the police and government has made.”

Oscar Lai held by police

Oscar Lai held by police. Photo: Oscar Lai via Facebook.

According to Law’s Facebook post, as of 11:12 am, Law, Lai, and Wong and other protesters had been charged with disrupting peace and disturbing public order, as well as obstructing police officers. By 11:37 am, he added that more than ten police had been stationed outside the North Lantau Highway toll station.

On Tuesday, members of the party were also stopped by the police as they attempted to protest near Zhang’s motorcade, outside of the designated protest areas.

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Protest banners popped up near Tseung Kwan O as Zhang was making his way to the district for a visit. Roads going through the area were closed for the occasion.

Banners protesting against Zhang

Photo: Apple Daily.

Signs which said “Tseung Kwan O residents happily welcome Zhang to block the main roads” were put up, but were quickly taken away by the police, according to Apple Daily.

banners supporting Zhang Dejiang

Photo: Hong Kong Breaking Incident group via Facebook.

Pro-Beijing protesters displayed ‘like’ banner towards Zhang on Anderson Road, which leads to Tseung Kwan O.

Police arrest Demosistō activists after attempt to block Zhang's motorcade on final day of visit