Two Hong Kong Democratic Party MPs are among the 16 people arrested this Wednesday for alleged links to two protests called in 2019 amid a wave of mobilizations against the Carrie Lam government to call for greater democratic openness.
The opposition formation reported the arrests of two of its main members, Ted Hui and Lam Cheuk Ting, in a statement posted on Facebook. The party considers it a “political persecution” and “revenge” by the security forces.
A spokesman for the group has assured that Lam was accused of engaging in acts of vandalism following incidents in July 2019 at the Yuen Long subway station. Forty-five people were injured in the clash, including Lam himself. Although the government condemned the violence, the authorities did not make any arrests at the time.
In addition, another protest in June near Tuen Mun Police Station suspected both Lam and Hui of obstruction of justice and property damage.