Yuen Long District Council Chairman arrested for obstructing police officers, before receiving a olute discharge.
At around 9 o’clock in the evening, the police continued arbitrary arrests. Despite no conflicts in Yuen Long Station, the Yuen Long District Council Chairman, Zachary Wong of the Democratic Party, was intercepted outside the station. A police officer ordered him to pick up his backpack for searching, which Wong denied to follow. The police criticized him of being uncooperative, and is suspected for obstructing the police in the execution of their lawful duties, before arresting Wong, who was escorted on a Police vehicle by two police officers.
In the course of the action, Police officers attempted roughly to buckle Wong’s arms. The officers accused him of attempting to resist arrest, some even loudly bawled at Wong, ordering him to provide his identity card. Wong replied in the same manner, “I want to wear my mask back!”
Moreover, several Yuen Long District Councillors were also intercepted, including Ng Kin Wai of TSW connections, who reflected in an interview that the police whispered to him during body search, claiming to accuse Ng of attacking the police for he had a slight movement, and that Ng “couldn’t outplay them (the police)”, even threatening to arrest Ng’ assistant.
In the morning of the 22nd of March, District councillor of Fairview Park in Yuen Long, To Ka Lun, announced on Facebook that Wong has been released at 2 am of the 21st of March. He announced that Wong refused the police’s demand for him to bail himself out, instead opting to stay in the police station for 48 hours to monitor the police’s actions and protecting the citizens held there. He was subsequently released unconditionally.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 232 “Police Force Ordinance” Article 54:(2)If a police officer finds any person in any street or other public place, or on board any vessel, or in any conveyance, at any hour of the day or night, whom he reasonably suspects of having committed or of being about to commit or of intending to commit any offence, it shall be lawful for the police officer—(a)to stop the person for the purpose of demanding that he produce proof of his identity for inspection by the police officer;(b)to detain the person for a reasonable period while the police officer enquires whether or not the person is suspected of having committed any offence at any time;(c)to search the person for anything that is likely to be of value (whether by itself or together with anything else) to the investigation of any offence that the person has committed, or is reasonably suspected of having committed or of being about to commit or of intending to commit; and(d)to detain the person during such period as is reasonably required for the purpose of such a search.
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