Hong Kong Police Arrest 4 College students for “Advocating Terrorism” | World information
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police said four students were arrested on Wednesday for “advocating terrorism” after their student association filed a motion last month mourning the death of a 50-year-old man stabbed a cop before killing himself.
Police said an officer was stabbed in the back on July 1 while he was on duty with other police officers to prevent protests marking the 1997 anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.
The man then stabbed himself in the chest with the knife and later died in the hospital. The 28-year-old policeman sustained a lung injury but survived what Security Secretary Chris Tang called a “lone wolf” terrorist act.
Shortly after the attack, a few dozen members of the Hong Kong University Student Union passed a now withdrawn motion to commemorate the 50-year-old’s death and “pay tribute” to his “victim”.
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The union leaders have resigned and apologized for the “inappropriate” motion.
The union’s campus office has since been raided by National Security Police and the university has severed ties with the union and banned about 30 students who signed the application from entering its premises.
“The motion is very shocking,” Senior Superintendent Steve Li told reporters.
“It has tried to rationalize and glorify terrorism,” Li said, adding that it “encourages people to attempt suicide” and it inconsistent with “our moral standards.”
Li said the four were 18-20 years old and the police would interrogate the students who voted for the motion. The Hong Kong police did not name anyone under investigation.
Hong Kong has been polarized since protesters took to the streets in 2019 calling for more democracy and accountability for what activists called police violence, an accusation that authorities have repeatedly denied.
The protests were ended by the coronavirus pandemic and a comprehensive Beijing national security law last year.
Since the law was introduced, the government’s most prominent opponents have been imprisoned or fled abroad. Critics say the law destroyed the city’s far-reaching rights and freedoms, while supporters say it restored stability.
After the July 1 attack, some people went to the scene to lay flowers, which was condemned by authorities, including city guide Carrie Lam.
Lam then called on parents, teachers, and others to monitor teenage behavior and report law breakers to the authorities.
(Writing by Marius Zaharia; Editing by Stephen Coates)
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