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Police on Wednesday arrested four people, including an online media's founder, for inciting citizens to damage properties and take part in unauthorized assemblies in order to snub Covid-19 vaccinations and the Legislative Council election.
Wilson Tam Wai-shun, superintendent from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, said two of the arrested are administrators of a group on messaging app Telegram, and the other two are members of the group. They included an unemployed, a housewife, a media company's staffer, and a reporter.
Sources said the reporter was Alan Keung Ka-wai, also known as “Pastor Keung”, who founded Free HK Media.
Tam said they allegedly started a group on Telegram in mid-November, and attracted 500 subscribers. In the group, they called on citizens not to use the LeaveHomeSafe app nor to receive Covid-19 vaccination. They advocated citizens to stop work, classes and businesses on November 20 and Thursday, and not to vote on the December 19 election.
He explained that while it is not illegal to ask the others not to get vaxxed, it is against the law when they incited people to participate in unauthorized assemblies and damage properties.
“Everyone can enjoy freedom of speech, but that doesn't mean they can achieve a goal through an illegal means,” he said.
After in-depth investigation, police arrested the four in Wong Tai Sin, Wan Chai, Tuen Mun and Sai Kung; and seized nine phones and a computer during the operation.
Tam noted that more arrests may be made, and said people used words like “decorate” or “renovate” to sugarcoat criminal damage. However, officers have yet to find out if the arrested targeted any specific destinations or polling stations for criminal damage.
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