30 blue ribbon fanatics arrested but not charged after damaging and attacking district councillor
The joint office of two Shum Shui Po district councillors Lee Man-ho and Lao Ka-hang posted a notice of “No blue ribbons and dogs” a few days ago. A group of thirty people with signs and wooden stick protested at the office today. Councillors and staff inside the office were assaulted in the process. Both recorded injuries.
Cheung Sha Wan Community Establishment Powe(CSW Power), the political party established by Lee, uploaded a short video clip on its Facebook page. Lao went back behind the door after being beaten. Many kept screaming outside the door while one man with black cap and mask waved wooden stick in hand towards the door. According to CSW Power, the management office called police. A few from the group were arrested. Lee, Lao and all colleagues were injured. Lao wrote on his Facebook page that two female staff were hurt and sent to hospital. One of them was sexually assaulted.
After pulling signs with “this office does not work for any blue ribbon” and “no blue ribbons and dogs”, such act received strong criticisms from multiple pro-government online media. Different people came to the office to demonstrate everyday. There was a middle-aged woman spat and poured liquid outside the door. CSW Power uploaded the video of the incident with caption of “Anti-pandemic is a matter of conscience instead of political views.” The office was sterilized with 1:4 bleach ratio repeatedly and stated outright “this is the quality of the blue ribbons. We are right to block them from entering.”
In the statement from HKPF, three male were arrested for assault and criminal damage, including 57-year-old Kwan X Wai, 56-year-old Tang X Shing and 21-year-old Zhang X. The case was followed by the 5th squat of crime investigation division of Sham Shui Po district. Police received report of the suspects and victim “argued over minor issues,” then the suspect may have attacked victim with hand. One of the CCTV at scene was destroyed. The chairmen of Politihk Social Strategic are Tang Tak-shing and Kwan Sun-wai.
Chairmen of Politihk Social Strategic Tang Tak-shing, one of the arrested, attended a press conference supporting the legislation of Article 23 today. He denied to inmediahk.net for bringing a group to protest that day. Instead, he only cheered for others and tried to resolve the conflict. No one started any violent act. He claimed he was arrested because the two councillors “blamed it on me when they were the one who make the mess.” No prosecution has been filed.
Cap. 200 Crimes Ordinance60. Destroying or damaging property(1) A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.(2) A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property, whether belonging to himself or another—(a) intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damaged; and(b) intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered,shall be guilty of an offence.
Cap. 200 Crimes Ordinance122. Indecent assault(1) Subject to subsection (3), a person who indecently assaults another person shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 10 years.(2) A person under the age of 16 cannot in law give any consent which would prevent an act being an assault for the purposes of this section.(3) A person is not, by virtue of subsection (2), guilty of indecently assaulting another person, if that person is, or believes on reasonable grounds that he or she is, married to that other person.(Replaced 90 of 1991 s. 7)(4) A woman who is a mentally incapacitated person cannot in law give any consent which would prevent an act being an assault for the purposes of this section, but a person is only to be treated as guilty of indecently assaulting a mentally incapacitated person by reason of that incapacity to consent, if that person knew or had reason to suspect her to be a mentally incapacitated person.(Amended 81 of 1997 s. 59)
Cap. 245 Public Order Ordinance
18. Unlawful assembly(1) When 3 or more persons, assembled together, conduct themselves in a disorderly, intimidating, insulting or provocative manner intended or likely to cause any person reasonably to fear that the persons so assembled will commit a breach of the peace, or will by such conduct provoke other persons to commit a breach of the peace, they are an unlawful assembly.(2) It is immaterial that the original assembly was lawful if being assembled, they conduct themselves in such a manner as aforesaid.(3) Any person who takes part in an assembly which is an unlawful assembly by virtue of subsection (1) shall be guilty of the offence of unlawful assembly and shall be liable—(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for 5 years; and(b) on summary conviction, to a fine at level 2 and to imprisonment for 3 years.(Amended E.R. 1 of 2013)
Cap. 245 Public Order Ordinance
33. Possession of offensive weapon in public place(1) Any person who, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse, has with him in any public place any offensive weapon shall be guilty of an offence and shall be sentenced, on summary conviction or conviction on indictment, in the manner specified in subsection (2).(Amended 27 of 1978 s. 2)