The Hong Kong police arrested three pro-democracy activists for allegedly inciting, organizing, and participating in an unauthorized assembly at the Wan Chai police headquarters on June 21.
Joshua Wong, secretary general of the pro-democracy organization Demosisto, and Agnes Chow, a member of Demosisto, were arrested Friday morning, although they were granted bail a few hours later, according to the Associated Press.
In addition, Andy Chan, the leader of an independence movement, was arrested at the airport Thursday night on suspicion of rioting and attacks on the police.
Issac Cheng, vice president of Demosisto, said the government should respond to the demands of the demonstrators and stop threatening them.
“We believe that the high-profile arrests before the August 31 protest are because they want to spread white terror among the Hong Kong protesters and Hongkongers,” Cheng said, according to Hong Kong Free Press.
Man-kei Tam, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, said the arrests were ” ludicrous” and “an outrageous assault on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
Wong, 23, one of the student leaders of the Umbrella Movement in 2014, was released from prison in June after serving a two-month sentence in connection with that significant pro-democracy protest.
The activists also denounce the fact that the police send undercover agents to the protests to create violence and chaos and justify the brutality with which the massive civil movement is being repressed.
The authorities denied permission for Saturday’s demonstration, coinciding with the fifth anniversary of a decision by the Chinese communist regime to prevent the holding of democratic elections in Hong Kong.
“The first priority of the Civil Human Rights Front is to make sure that all of the participants who participate in our marches will be physically and legally safe. That’s our first priority,” said Bonnie Leung, a leader of the group, according to VOA.
“And because of the decision made by the appeal board, we feel very sorry but we have no choice but to cancel the march,” she added.
Millions of citizens in Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region are opposed to a law that would allow the communist regime in Beijing to extradite people for trial into China’s opaque judicial system.
Over the last several weeks, police brutality, threats, and pressure from the communist regime in Beijing have turned this civil movement into a symbol of the Hong Kong people’s longing for freedom and democracy and, following arbitrary arrests and police violence, activists have increased their list of demands to five:
- Complete withdrawal of the draft law on extradition to China.
- Revoke the description of protests as “riots.”
- Release of the arrested demonstrators and dismissal of all charges against them.
- Call for an independent investigation on police brutality.
- Genuine universal suffrage.
Demosisto first reported on the arrests of Wong and Chow in their social networking accounts, saying that Wong was pushed into a private car while heading to a subway station around 7:30 a.m. and was taken to the police headquarters. They later said that Chow had also been arrested at her house.
Chow echoed Wong’s comments, saying that “we Hong Kong people won’t give up and won’t be scared … we will keep fighting for democracy,” according to the Associated Press.
G7 leaders meeting last weekend in France issued a joint statement that “reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for violence to be avoided,” Reuters reported.